Appeal Denied

We got a full day to ourselves here in Maryland. It was a relief to have some time with just “us” doing homey, family things. Cooking, cleaning, laundry. You know, the things you don’t usually get to do on a roadtrip.

But, almost as though the state of California could see me smiling, I got an email notification that my appeal had been decided on and the opinion published.

They affirmed the judgment in full.

I’ve become a realist during the course of my experience with the state, but I did have a small glimmer of optimism with this one. I shouldn’t have. But it felt so unlikely to fail. The arguments were so good and so beautifully articulated.

Ah, well. It is what it is. And I’m really not that surprised. The state of California is so utterly corrupt.

I posted on my facebook page the following determination: “Appeal was denied. Have fun with your state government, Californians. It is utterly corrupt, without common sense and devoid of humanity. I will NEVER, EVER return to visit it. I will NEVER speak of it with any kind of sweetness or feelings of fondness that one might have for their homeland. I am fully and completely its’ exile and I am horrified to even say I was born there.”

Not only did they deny the appeal, they opined in a deeply evil way: that licensed midwives are not legally allowed to carry medication, give shots or suture. LICENSED MIDWIVES. And therefor, I shouldn’t have been able to do them as a student.

Se la vie. Justice is a shadow here on earth. True justice can only be found in heaven. I’m trying to keep my head up… The idea that what was happening to me ultimately had a higher good or purpose was what kept me going. Now the entire thing appears to be purposeless.


About supportmidwifekatiemccall

Katie McCall was born at Pomona Valley Hospital in Southern California by scheduled c-section as a frank breech due to the current medical system insistence that breeches should always be delivered that way. Katie's father's family was filled with teachers, her mother's family was filled with healers. It is no surprise then, that she went on to have her own two children and spend her adult life involved in a combination of teaching and healing through midwifery, childbirth education, doula work and serving families in Southern California. Katie attended USC for her general education and then went on to study with the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth to become a certified childbirth educator. Shortly thereafter, she certified as a birth doula (labor assistant) with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. Katie was also mentored through a pregnancy and birth support business called The Birth Connection in Glendale, CA, which Katie later purchased and expanded to include a 1500 square foot education facility, retail store and birthing center. She enrolled in midwifery school and apprenticed with the midwives who ran the birth center as well as with midwives who attended homebirths. She sold her business to pursue her midwifery education full time in 2006 and passed her midwifery (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 2008. She went on to gain her Midwifery License from the State of CA Medical Board in 2010. Katie has received supplementary education in lactation to become a lactation educator, vaginal birth after cesarean support, support of sexual abuse survivors, aromatherapy and is neonatal and CPR certified. She assisted over 500 couples through childbirth education and attended over 550 births as of 2011. As a Southern California native, she has a wide range of experience, serving mothers from diverse backgrounds. She believes her job is one of empowering women to develop their own trust and connection with their bodies and their babies during their own unique journey into motherhood. If she has learned anything through her experience with birth, it is that every birth is as different as the women who are laboring. On August 17th, 2011 Katharine “Katie” McCall, a licensed midwife, was convicted of practicing medicine with out a license for a 2007 birth she assisted as a student. The charge arose from a home birth where Katie's supervising midwife 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 and the family refused. They were aware that she was only a student midwife and that she was unable to secure an overseeing mid
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One Response to Appeal Denied

  1. Mom says:

    Katie, I am so grieved by this latest development. Words fail me. There is so much evil happening all over this country. The pendulum has swung so far! If any good has come of it, it’s that people will have to wake up and get involved in their government. We get the government we choose, and we get what the majority deserves. But when the majority sits on the sidelines, then this is what happens. It’s not just CA, but CA is making an art of being evil. It’s excelling at it. The other benefit that comes of this is that God has a plan to bless women in NH just by your being there! I have faith that you will be loved and appreciated in your new home state.

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