Saturday, April 14, 2007

Midwifery Legal Update - Iowa, California

Certified Professional Midwife Melanie Moore of Iowa has been charged with violating Iowa Code Section 147.2, practicing medicine without a license, a class D felony. She has not been arrested, but a court appearance is scheduled for later this month.

Licensed Midwife and Nurse Practitioner Marcia McCulley of Simi Valley, California was arrested on March 14th at her office for practicing medicine without a license. According to eyewitness accounts, agents from the LA County Sheriff's office entered the premesis, where clients with babies were present, with guns drawn. Pursuant to a search warrant, patient charts were seized (anyone know the HIPPA ramifications?). Ms. McCulley seems to be in trouble with both the California state Nursing and Medical boards. You can read about it on the birth center's website.

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