And now for something completely… related to yesterday’s post about blaming mothers for homebirth loss!
Shortly after they attended, as “midwives,” the recent tragedy in Eugene, Darby Partner and Laura Tanner were back on Facebook (though not on their business pages…those got deleted) telling us all how our birth is our responsibility, and if something terrible happens…well, it’s not the midwives fault!
In early August, Darby came popping onto the Made to Birth facebook page to tell those posters who are concerned with the lack of education offered in most CPM/DEM correspondence courses to avoid hiring midwives with that education. The post has since been deleted, probably because some of the other commentors were making too much sense.
Interestingly enough, Darby doesn’t even have THOSE qualifications; in this email sent in June to the MANA Students and NewMidwives yahoo group, she explains that she is self-taught:
Wow, apparently taking any sort of organized course-work before the NARM exam to become a CPM is OPTIONAL. But I digress.
Even more telling is Laura Tanner’s comment on Birth Without Fear, when asked what should be done with negligent midwives. Just two days after she attended Margarita Sheikh’s labor and the death of her beautiful son Shahzad, she wrote this on a post in the facebook community Birth Without Fear asking the question, “What can/should mamas do when their care providers act negligently?”
So let me get this straight. Some actions may be criminal, but not really. Parents need to “own their birth experience” (whatever the hell that means). Must mean nothing should be done to negligent midwives, because it’s the parent’s fault for hiring them. Am I right?? This is utterly brilliant. I can just advertise myself and accept money for midwifery services, and then when I screw up, I can just blame it on the people who hired me for picking such an idiot!
What do you think? What should be done about negligent midwives? How can we prevent them from practicing in the first place?