PA Fines Midwife $11,000

  1. Heres the link. Its an interesting read.
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  3. by   RNLaborNurse4U
    She's a lay midwife, and has been brought before the medical board 3 times now.

    From personal experience (and from working with other L&D RN's that were exposed to her "bad outcomes" aka hospital transfers), she can be a very scary lay midwife, in the fact that she transfers her patients WAY too late to the hospital setting, and then doesn't bother sticking around to support her pregnant patients through the rest of their births. She takes off as quick as she drops them off at the hospital.

    Why doesn't she work on becoming licensed in Pennsylvania????
  4. by   beckinben
    Quote from RNLaborNurse4U
    Why doesn't she work on becoming licensed in Pennsylvania????
    Because Pennsylvania does not license non-CNM midwives. And someone with years of home birth experience usually doesn't want to give up their practice and go to nursing school to be a CNM. The better option would be for PA to adopt a licensure program for the non-CNM midwives practicing in the state, so that if she is actually incompetent, there is a legal means of restricting her practice other than filing charges and fining her.
  5. by   imenid37
    "The State Board of Medicine today ordered Diane Goslin, a Pennsylvania midwife who attends the homebirths of the Amish and Plain communities, to "cease and desist from the practice of medicine and midwifery." Additionally, she was fined $11,000." Unless she defies the order, she has been told to stop delivering. Interesting to note, accarding to tv station channel 27 in Harrisburg, she recieved her certification from the North American Registry of Midwives in 1998. So what was she doing all of those other 15 or so years she claims she was practicing? She claims to have 25 years experience. Many CNM's are great. I have worked with a few. Right or wrong, PA does not license these lay midwives, therefore, we can't establish the quality standards for the care they give. I don't see them getting recognized anytime soon in our state. Even though Amish and Mennonite patients are not into litigation, the state does have an interest in protecting them from incompetent practitioners. We regulate hair stylists. This is a much bigger deal.