Midwife Gets Probation For Delivery

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A former student midwife who delivered a baby without supervision has been sentenced in Los Angeles to three years of probation.

A Superior Court judge said Friday that while 37-year-old Katharine McCall exercised poor judgment, she shouldn't be sent to prison.

McCall also must complete 280 hours of community service and pay
$10,000 in restitution. Now a licensed midwife, she's prohibited from practicing her profession under the judge's terms.

McCall had faced up to three years in prison after being convicted last month of practicing medicine without a license in connection with a birth in November 2007. Authorities say the baby's shoulder got stuck during the delivery and the mother suffered a vaginal tear.

Both the woman and her baby recovered fully.

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