A former student midwife was just sentenced today to three years probation, 280 hours of community service, and $10,000 dollars restitution — all because a Superior Court Judge decided that she shouldn't be sent to prison for poor judgement.
What was the poor judgment?
Delivering a baby without supervision in an environment considered practicing medicine without a license in 2007. According to authorities the baby's shoulder got stuck during the delivery and the mother's vagina suffered a tear. Both are now fine.
She originally faced up to three years and prison.
Oh, and now she IS a licensed midwife, but she's unable to practice while completing the sentencing.
We can understand delivering a baby in an emergency setting, but that's not what this sounds like. This sounds almost as if she was hired to do it and didn't reveal she was just a student or something — which makes us think that she probably shouldn't be allowed to practice at all under that kind of decision making.
But, maybe this punishment will make sure she never steps over the law again??
Not sure who'd want to hire her after this, though!
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