“Missouri midwives, who for decades risked prison time to deliver babies in their clients’ homes, can now do their work openly and without fear of prosecution.
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and upheld a 2007 law allowing midwifery in the state. Missouri was one of about 10 states that didn’t allow the practice unless the midwives were certified nurse-midwives — registered nurses who worked with a doctor.
“This is a victory for Missouri families,” said Anita Woods, a certified professional midwife from Leavenworth, Kan. ‘This has been a hard-fought battle for something that Missouri families have deserved for decades.’”
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