Missouri midwife pleads guilty after Springfield baby dies
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwest Missouri midwife who oversaw a home birth attempt in which a baby died has pleaded guilty to two felonies.
The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/1TGOyGQ) reported that 58-year-old Elaine Diamond agreed to five years of probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and unauthorized practice of medicine.
The Greene County prosecutor's office said in a news release that she is prohibited from being a midwife during her probation.
The release said Diamond allowed a Springfield mother to labor for more than 48 hours and refused requests to take her to the hospital. When the family insisted on going to the hospital, an emergency physician delivered the baby in the parking lot.
The baby suffered severe brain damage and died less than a week later.