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As you know, the state of Iowa was charging me with practicing medicine without a license, a felony. My court date was set for August 20 but on August 17 the state made an offer, which I accepted.
Here is a break down:
The good: No jail! If I follow the rules of my probation for one year all charges against me will be expunged. The charge was considered a “serious misdemeanor.”
The bad: One year probation, $315 in fines, $100 court costs and $300 probationfee (so far). Not bad fees, but they are compounded by my inability to earn aliving. An added surprise was 25 hours community service (not a part of theoriginal deal). I will look at it as an opportunity to expand my horizons andwork toward empowering women through birth.
The ugly: I was forced to sign a plea of guilty to practicing medicine without a license. I feel nauseous to even write this. You know and I know that midwifery is NOT the practice of medicine and I will yell it from the rooftops forever!
Please forgive me for signing those papers. If you had seen my family when they made the offer – the looks on their faces – you would surely understand. A friend who has been through it herself counseled “THEY have all the power; you are a mere speck. A flea on the back of the elephant. You can fight them and destroy your life because it will take herculean stamina and financial resources AND you will undoubtedly lose.”
I hope women will continue to choose homebirths, lay midwives will attend them and apprentices will wait in line to assist at these incredible events! Please decriminalize midwifery in Iowa! Or at least recognize the Certified Professional Midwife.
What does my future hold? Time will tell. I continue attending births as a certified doula. I dream of combining my love of dance and women to teach some pregnancy belly dance classes. Thank you so very much for all your support. I and my family have been humbled. You are all awesome.
Please never give up!
~ Melanie Moore
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