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The mechanism of reporting practices under question is proper. If a midwife or doctor in the hospital delivers a baby that needs resuscitation or if a mother has an infection, hemorrhage or some other unexpected outcome that case goes to review. The purpose of the review is not expressly punitive. It is meant to look at the practice of those involved to see if the outcome could have been avoided.
Every licensed provider is duty bound by their license to report cases or practices that are of concern to the licensing body. OHSU was simply doing this. It is the role of the midwifery board and Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) to review the case. If their standard has been met and the practice was not outside of the midwife's scope then the board is not obligated to do more.
Of concern is that the scope out of hospital midwives is so broad that even when outcomes are repeatedly poor there has been no breach of practice. OHLA has decided to investigate not just Andaluz but all cases. Andaluz has not been targeted. They just happen to be the practice with the most reports filed. Hmmm.
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