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Katharine “Katie” McCall, a licensed midwife, was convicted of practicing medicine with out a license for a 2007 birth she assisted as a student. After the verdict, so many people wanted to know what they could do to support Katie in this time. We created this site as a source of information regarding the trial and helping people find ways to support her.
The charge arose from a home birth where Ms. McCall's preceptor could not arrive because she was at another birth. Instead of leaving the family to birth unassisted, Katie stayed. She recommended that the family transfer to the hospital around midnight and the family refused. They were aware that she was a student midwife and that her preceptor would not be coming to the home birth.
When the mother began to push, the baby got stuck in a condition called shoulder dystocia. Using her training as a student, McCall performed a maneuver to free the baby. The maneuver was successful, however, the mother began to hemorrhage due to a partially retained placenta. Again, using her training, Katie was able to stop the bleeding by manually removing the placenta and applying sutures. At trial, Ms. McCall argued through counsel that her practicing medicine was justified due to the emergency situations above. However, the instructions placed the burden of proof on the defense and the one-count information was amended by the District Attorney mid-trial to include alleged prenatal visits performed by Ms. McCall.