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The Death of Midwifery Regulation: 5 Clues the End is Near

April 15, 2016

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In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the clues I see that show the end of midwifery regulation is near.

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  1. Bronwyn says:

    Very exciting! I have a question about the state law to monitor labor with vaginal exams. What is the “or else” of the law? What happens when a woman refuses? Is the midwife obligated to transfer care or simply document something happening AMA or what? Who is in trouble? I can’t picture how such a law is enforced.

  2. Maryn Green says:

    Great question, Bronwyn. Sadly, the midwife can have any or all of her charts audited at any time, especially when she is under investigation by the State either randomly or because of a complaint or outcome. If her charts are audited, the decks begin to be stacked for removal of her license. Any deviation from the rules and regs (mandatory vaginal exams in labor included) are ground for being fined, disciplined or again, having the license revoked.

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