An Indiana woman has been added to the number of midwives in her area being targeted, presumably by a local doctor attempting to weed them out, treating them as pests of the medical establishment.
Ireena Keeslar was arrested and given inhumane treatment until her $10,000 bail was posted. And I’ve heard she’s one of the “lucky” ones being offered a bail option.
What was the midwife’s crime? Did she neglect a client, provide inadequate or bad midwifery care? Did she make a mistake leading to the injury or death of a mother or baby? Far from it.
Sadly, this midwife is just one of many responsible, well-trained and experienced midwives, who have either the ill-luck or the courage to live in a state that has yet to develop with the rest of the civilized world, criminalizing those who help bring babies into the world by arresting them under the pretense of “practicing medicine without a license”. The horror. To think the AMA doesn’t have control over everyone who does something they consider “medical”.
On April 9th, this coming Monday, Ireena Keeslar will be in court facing her attackers, and doing her best to stand up for the rights of women everywhere to choose where and with whom they give birth.
This is where we come in! Papa and I will be donating what we can afford to Ireena Keeslar’s legal fund. She can use all the financial support she can get – a good lawyer isn’t cheap! If you can give $5, $10, or $20, every dollar will help! The paypal account donations are being sent to is firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on “personal”, then “gift”, to send your donation.
Thank you so much for your help everyone! No matter what part of the country (or world!) you are from, Ireena is your neighbor, and she needs other freedom fighters to back her up against the system in place that respects no one’s freedoms.
I speak in part from personal experience, both attending home births as a doula, and having three home births myself. We are so thankful for each of our midwives, and can’t imagine a place, in our own backyard, where families like us are not able to have a most common sense thing as a midwife.
Let’s show this witch-hunting doctor a thing or two and help Ireena get back to her all-important work of helping to bring babies into the world.