Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Midwifery Legal Update - Pennsylvania

I recently received the following:
Diane Goslin, a Strasburg, Pennsylvania midwife with more than 20 years (and thousands of babies) of experience, will stand trial before the State Board of Medicine at the Harrisburg State Courthouse on Friday, January 26 at 9:30 AM. She is being charged with practicing medicine without a license, practicing nurse-midwifery without a license, holding herself out as a nurse-midwife and holding herself out as practicing medicine.
I have yet to see a press release, news article, or website link on this, but I will update as I get more information. Also, there have been some questions rasied concerning "will stand trial before the State Board of Medicine". It is not clear if this is a criminal trial or an administrative hearing.

Also, Judy Wilson's court date is scheduled for January 30th. If I am reading this correctly, the hearing is the continuation of oral arguments on a Writ of Habeus Corpus. January is looking to be a big month for midwifery in Pennsylvania, a state which was considered "legal" for direct-entry midwifery before 2004.

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