Utah’s midwifery laws are very similar to Nevada’s. I watched this tragedy unfold in real time on facebook, where home birth midwives enabled this to happen and have taken no responsibility. Just so everyone knows, there is nothing keeping Christy Collins from jumping over the border, changing her name, and starting a practice.
Midwife: waits hours before transferring infant with respiratory distress
You have to click the “10 more reviews not-recommended” link at the bottom to see the following review of Better Birth, which is primarily critical of employee Trinette Thompson. I only had one appointment with her, but she discouraged me from vaccinating and did not know that the flu was a virus instead of a bacteria. Anyway, here is the review that was posted on Yelp! On 9/12/14, she seems to have been there while watching her sister deliver:
My sister delivered at the Salt Lake location of Better Birth recently. We had a very bad experience. The midwife Trinette was the attending and she does not have appropriate people skills to be a midwife. She was uncommunicative, somewhat rude, secretive with the other staff, and took a very long time in making any decision. This led to a delay in care for the newborn.
My sister went through about…
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I hope everyone is okay. It is just a matter of time until another preventable death crops up because of a lack of common sense regulations on home birth midwives in Utah.
Another day, another blue baby. This blue baby with no pulse was also born at better birth awhile back, perhaps even in the same tub. I have no idea why home birth advocates post such horrifying photos from water births and gush over them. I’ve seen more smiling moms holding blue, floppy babies in tubs full of blood (and come on, sometimes urine and feces are in the mix, too…) than I can count at this point. Here are a couple (the following photos are not from better birth):
Water birth has claimed at least one life. Home birth midwives inability to detect problems in babies and address them has claimed countlesslives, and they do indeed see floppy blue babies as the norm despite the fact that in hospital they most certainly are not. The risk of brain injury resulting from oxygen…
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Even wanting family members to simply know that their midwife isn’t licensed got rejected. This bill would have saved me a lot of grief.
By Shauntel Forte
Capital West News
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would have required unlicensed midwives to get consent before delivering a baby was rejected by a House Committee during the 2015 legislative session.
HB202, proposed by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, regarding unlicensed direct-entry midwifes compliance with informed consent requirements, died in committee after the meeting adjourned.
Currently, many Utah families all over the state prefer to have stay-at-home deliveries for a more comfortable and enjoyable environment for the mother and the baby. There are about 100 midwives in the state of Utah and that number is growing with time as the numbers of desired midwife deliveries increase.
Spackman explained the reasons as to which families would choose this form of labor in comparison to the traditional way in hospitals. “A central issue of the family is control. They choose to birth in a more comfortable setting where…
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