Unlicensed midwife arrested after 2 infants she delivered die, court documents show

Court: Barbara Parker not licensed in Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A northeastern Indiana woman is accused of practicing as a midwife without a license after two infant she helped deliver later died, police said.

Barbara S. Parker of St. Joe faces three felony counts of practicing midwifery without a license, charges that stem from deliveries she performed in early August.

Court documents state that on Aug. 3 Parker helped deliver a baby that later died at a hospital. Four days later, Parker is accused of serving as a midwife for a woman delivering twins, one of which died after it had to be delivered through cesarean section at a hospital, police said.

The Journal Gazette reports that Parker told investigators she has averaged 60 to 70 deliveries a year over the past five years, and that she had been licensed in Colorado. She was released from jail Saturday after posting pond.

Only nurse-midwives, registered nurses who've been certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and licensed by the state, are allowed to practice midwifery in Indiana.

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