NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 31, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(San Diego, California) Risks posed for expectant mothers by inadequately trained midwives examined; Ria Deutsch's experience with midwife Rosanna Walker cited as example Videotape of Deutsch's first pregnancy, resulting in-child's later death, shown. [DEUTSCH - recalls asking Walker to get help.] Walker mentioned chgd. with involuntary manslaughter. [WALKER - denies any wrongdoing.] Levels of midwifery explained [Lay midwives, "CAROL," "CAROLYN" - defense violating law as means of changing it.] States in which midwifery is legal illustrated on map. [Lay midwife "CONNIE" - claims prosecution of lay midwives is increase danger for expectant couples.] [Dr. James HAUGHTON - notes potential for disaster in normal deliveries.] Lack of legal controls on midwives in Texas and resulting abuses primarily among lower income families of Rio Grande valley noted; Eolali Reyes' case cited as example [Dr. Al SMITH - describes condition of Reyes' baby; considers midwife's incompetence tantamount to murder.] Midwife Maria Pinera reported allowed to continue practice. [DEUTSCH - has mixed feelings about home birth now.]
REPORTER: Jim Cummins