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Long Beach midwife’s license placed on probation

January 1, 2013     THE DAILY ASTORIAN

LONG BEACH, Wash. — A case pending for almost two years has ended with at least four years of professional licensing probation for Long Beach midwife Tamra Roloff.The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) case against Roloff resulted from a complaint filed following the death of an Astoria woman’s baby in March 2010. Roloff eventually waived a hearing and agreed to professional probation.

Another of Roloff’s former patients, Long Beach Peninsula resident Mindy Bizzell, conducted an active public campaign to achieve accountability for her baby’s death.

She said Friday, regarding the DOH’s ruling, “My son Henry died a 100 percent preventable death under her care, as did baby ‘E’ in Astoria. No amount of sanctions against her license will bring our babies back from the dead.”

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Ask a Midwife: Should midwives carry malpractice insurance? 

Ask a midwife” is a weekly series with Deb O’Connell, CNM, MS

“…..Medical malpractice for midwives is important because it protects both the consumer and midwife.  Consumers rely on it because should there be a claim where the provider is found to be at fault, it provides compensation to the family that has been affected. Consumers also see it as a “professional standard” for their health care provider because it tells consumers the professional they hire has met minimum standards for training, licensing, scope of practice, and professional development in order to be licensed & insured..”

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Oregon Midwife Info

“Our goal is to empower and inform women considering homebirth in the state of Oregon….We have gathered publicly available information about Oregon midwives in one easy-to-use resource for your reference….”

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WebMD Expert Blogs

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Home Birthing May Not Be Safe

Recent studies are reinforcing the evidence that childbirth at home is not as safe for your baby as childbirth in a hospital.

Each year in the United States, about 25,000 babies are born at home. The majority of these babies do very well: they’re born without any complications or problems. But for the rare baby that runs into trouble during birth, there seems to be a much greater chance of death or disability…..

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Friday Fallacies: The Hospital Is Just Minutes Away

“The problem with birth, however, is that when things go wrong, they go very, very wrong. And it can happen quickly. Cord accidents, uterine rupture, placental abruption, hemorrhage…all can occur in a matter of minutes, and all can be deadly.

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The Skeptical OB

Amy Tuteur, MD

Dr. Amy Tuteur is an obstetrician gynecologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1979 and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1984. Dr. Tuteur is a former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She left the practice of medicine to raise her four children. Her book, How Your Baby Is Born, an illustrated guide to pregnancy, labor and delivery was published by Ziff-Davis Press in 1994.

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Homebirth Disasters: Just Imagine


Just imagine if the baby had been breech with a trapped head?

Just imagine if the baby had gotten stuck?

Just imagine that the baby was born alive but without a pulse…

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Oregon statutes: Massage vs. Midwifery

The recent senseless, totally preventable home birth death in Oregon is the inevitable result of the licensing laws in the state. The Oregon midwifery laws are nothing more than The Birth Junkie Protection Acts.” Simply put, in contrast to other licensing provisions that exist to protect consumers for poor care, the Oregon midwifery licensing provisions exist to protect providers from legal accountability or any accountability.

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Midwives Alliance Trying to Hide High Infant Death Statistics?

News by The Skeptical OB (February 01, 2011) in Health / Women’s Health

“…The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is aware and has been aware for some time that homebirth has an unacceptably high rate of neonatal death. Their own data makes that clear and that’s why they are hiding it….

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Watch how and why homebirth increases the risk of neonatal death

“…Hopefully, after viewing the video no one, not even a homebirth advocate, will be able to dismiss the very real dangers of homebirth: a life-threatening emergency can happen with no warning, a normal birth is a retrospective diagnosis, and in a life threatening emergency, the baby will be dead long before there is time to get to the hospital….”

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Does home birth empower women, or imperil them and their babies?

Erin E. Tracy, MD, MPH

Dr. Tracy is an attending physician in the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.


“The training and qualifications of the obstetric care provider are incredibly important. One study evaluated 4,361 home births attended by “apprentice-trained midwives from 1970 to 1985 and 4,107 home births attended by family physicians from 1969 to 1981.”27 The perinatal mortality rate for the midwife-attended births was 14 for every 1,000 births, in contrast to the rate of 5 for every 1,000 physician-attended births….”

“….There are certainly data supporting the safety of home birth for the vast majority of women who choose it, but there is also a significant number of women who will experience unpredictable events that could be fatal if blood products or surgery isn’t rapidly available. For that reason, and in light of the very high stakes involved, I wonder: Why take that chance?….”

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