You'd think when a midwife transfers a client to the hospital, the hospital would bring her flowers and toss confetti in the air with joy. Instead, the hospital growls, clenches its teeth and speaks about the midwife bringing in a "train wreck." I don't get it at all.
How come the grand majority of wonderful births aren't remembered? Licensed Midwives and Certified Nurse-Midwives alike suffer the bad-mouthing doctors and nurses tend to spew when a birth doesn't go as planned and has to be moved into the hospital - either in an emergency situation or even in a non-emergency situation.
Don't doctors know that the midwife is responsible enough to bring the client in before it really is a train wreck? Aren't they glad she is there to give report? To offer support to a woman who probably doesn't want to be there but will be much more compliant with the midwife's help?
I don't know all the intricate details of this story, but I know some of the background ones (I will be helping one of the midwife's clients birth this summer) - but part of the story is the hospital was upset that the midwife transfered clients from the birth center to the hospital... that she transfered too many clients.
What was she supposed to do? Drive them around the block? Tell them to quit having complications?
Wouldn't you think the hospital would be thrilled she was bringing them in? That she had fantastic judgement and used it to help the women in her care? What is their logic that they are punishing her for taking care of these women?! Yikes.
I cannot let the fear of the Medical Board keep me from making the decision to transport a woman to the hospital. I can't imagine a young midwife worrying about whether she should take a woman in or not lest she be turned in to the Medical Board. Is that the way they want this to go? Do they know they are creating this atmosphere? Who will tell them?
It's important for us all to create a vision of freedom for Marcia McCulley. "See" her with her clients, with her babies, with her families - with her family. See her face (even if you've never seen or met her) in joy and laughter - enjoying life and her midwifery Self. Let's all hold Marcia and ALL midwives joyously in our hearts... just as we hold our own babes. Feel the beautiful perfection?