I was disturbed by the July 18 article in The Herald about the charges against two midwives, Janine Walker and Darlene Curtis, (“Midwife negligence charged”).
Both of the midwives in the article were my midwives throughout my entire pregnancy and delivery. I will never forget what an impact they made on my life and the lives of my family. They are unbelievable midwives and women who care so much about their clients. They are good at what they do and being midwives is in their soul.
My baby was born five weeks early, which required a hospital birth. Because of the care I received from these two women, I gave birth to an extremely healthy baby weighing in at almost 6 pounds. If I had been under the care of anyone else besides Janine or Darlene, I would not have been so fortunate. They recognized that I was in labor and needed immediate transport to the hospital. I cannot even fathom that they would do any different for anyone else.
In saddens me to hear of families that have lost babies or have had babies with special needs, but let’s not forget that every baby is a gift from God no matter how gifted they may be. This world is full of angry people who want to blame someone for the loss or damage of their baby. Sometimes it is no one’s fault. We are all in the hands of our Creator.
Darlene and Janine are beautiful, caring people who truly love and care for the babies they deliver and the families of those babies. I hope these families realize that it is no one’s fault for the loss or damage of their babies. No good will come out of trying to blame someone.
The attack on midwives today is completely unjustified. Pregnancy and childbirth is a truly sacred experience no matter what the outcome. It changes us as people. I wish people in this world would become more educated about midwives and their role. Maybe then we wouldn’t have such prosecution against them.
Another point to ponder is that the same things happen in hospitals so much more often. Would the outcome have been different? Probably not.
Darlene and Janine are the best midwives anyone could ask for. They are talented, smart, beautiful people who are not in this profession for anything other than caring for the mothers, babies and families they unselfishly serve. Remember there are two sides to every story.