from philadelphia inquirer, posted on mon, feb. 05, 2007
a push to stop midwives
pennsylvania argues that lay midwifery is illegal, that practitioners must be licensed nurses. the fear of losing the tradition troubles the amish and other plain people.
goslin and her supporters say a new attorney for the medical board is bent on ending lay midwifery and home births, something they say contrasts strongly with gov. rendell's recent alternative-focused health plan. ennis says the state has no such agenda.
for her part, goslin says she answers to a power higher than the state. "as a wife, mother, midwife and teacher, i believe god has given me a calling in the time-honored tradition of serving women in one of their greatest times of need," she says.
she's worried that prohibiting lay midwifery will force the amish to turn to untrained birth attendants, such as family members.
"i think more people will go underground," she says. "i don't think we're going to see the plain people start flooding to the hospital."
if the medical board rules against her, goslin says she will give up her practice to teach midwifery.
Feb 5, '07
Quote from Quickbeam
My opinion...and I come from a plain background...there comes a time when credentialing is a good idea. I think this is such a time. Once upon a time everyone used a lay midwife. And lawyers apprenticed rather than going to school...the list is endless. I believe requiring a nursing background is an excellent idea. There are terrific Mennonite colleges.
She already believes that she has a superior education to a nurse (acording to a quote from another paper). I'm sure she presents herself that way to her clients.
The community is too strong here for this woman to suffer any consequences. It was bedlam in Harrisburg during the hearing. There is no way there will be a ruling against her. And she has the perfect clientele; even if she has a negative outcome due to lack of training or expertise, her clients aren't going to sue.
Last edit by PANurseRN1 on Feb 5, '07