6-10-11: The Future of Midwifery in Maryland
In May, a midwife based in Maryland pleaded guilty in Virginia to two felonies stemming from the death of a baby after a home birth. That midwife, Karen Carr, is now being investigated by St. Mary’s County in another death in rural Maryland in November.
Karen Carr is a certified professional midwife–a form of midwifery not licensed in Maryland, though it is recognized in 26 states. In Maryland– and throughout the country–the majority of midwife-attended births are attended by certified nurse midwives—they’re trained in both nursing and midwifery. The consumer group Citizens for Midwifery does a good job of detailing the differences between the two groups.
We discuss those differences on air with Karen Fennell, a policy consultant and lobbyist for the American Association of Birth Centers. She’s working to gain licensure for certified professional midwives in Maryland.
We also hear from Larry Fogelson, an obstetrician who’s the head of Women’s Health Associates at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson. He works with the certified nurse-midwives who practice there.
Earlier this week, we examined the different settings in which midwives practice–at home, in a birth center, and in hospitals. And last month, we spoke with Karen Carr about how she practices midwifery.
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