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She didn't really abuse her position to enter into that affair. It would be the same situation if the wife ran off with the pool boy. She happened to meet the husband through her services, but the fact that she was a midwife seems irrelevant.
No offense against pool boys (or in this politically correct age, pool persons), but they are not highly licensed and regulated professionals. We do not depend upon them to care for us in life-and-death situations. They are not usually involved in our private details and acquainted with our personal and medical history.
This midwife is absolutely
in the wrong to take advantage of her intimate connection to this family. Patients and family members can develop an attachment to a healthcare provider who was there for them in a time of need. They see the provider at their best and most capable moments, and an attachment can develop. This is especially so when the patient is the mother of a newborn who may have been tired and stressed and may not have been all that interested in sex.
The husband was also wrong, but unfortunately, there is no governing body that oversees the behavior of those who hold marriage licenses.
No matter what the husband did, whatever blame the midwife might want to place on him, it was her responsibility to put the kibosh on any advances he made. Even if she was attracted to him. Even if it was his idea. Even if the marriage was rocky to begin with.
There simply is no excuse for becoming involved with a patient or a family member in this detrimental fashion. None.