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Grand jury report calls for tougher laws for midwives

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A grand jury report out of Lancaster County is calling for stricter laws for non-nurse midwives. It says the current statute doesn't allow proper oversight and puts the health of the public at risk.

The report wants lawmakers to take a closer look and either make unlicensed midwives illegal or provide meaningful regulation.

Another issue, according the report, is the ability to prosecute those for potential wrongdoing. It argues that the current law is too hazy.

The findings come after the grand jury delved into the practices of a midwife in Lancaster County. No charges will be filed.

"I believe we all have a compelling interest, if not a public duty, to be aware of the issues raised by the grand jury," Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said. "People deserve to have the ability to better understand the qualifications of any midwife when considering their maternal care and birthing options. In doing so, the welfare of the unborn, expectant mothers, as well as the newly born will ultimately benefit."

A copy of the report has been given to the governor, the Department of Health and state lawmakers.

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