Woman Accused Of Helping Deliver Infants Without Midwife's License

By Emma Koch

Woman Accused Of Helping Deliver Infants Without Midwife's License

March 6, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 7:20 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) A woman has been accused of helping to deliver infants without a midwife's license. Two infants that she helped deliver in August died.

Barbara S. Parker, 55, faces three felony counts of practicing midwifery without a license. These charges stem from three August deliveries.

The first was on Aug. 2nd when Parker took a woman to an Auburn hospital when she was having trouble delivering her child. Then on Aug. 3rd Parker helped a woman deliver a baby that wasn't breathing and had no pulse. That child later died at the hospital. Then a few days later, on Aug. 7th, Parker was helping a mother deliver twins and the second infant was only partially delivered and had to be taken through cesarean section. According to court papers, the second child did not survive.

The only legal form of midwifery in Indiana is for nurse-midwives who are registered nurses and graduates from a nationally accredited school of midwifery. They must also pass the national certifying examination giver by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and be licensed by the state nursing board.

Parker told police that she was licensed in Colorado but according to the state's website, her license expired in 1994.

She has been released after posting a $10,000 bond.




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