NC women face charges after newborn's death

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Posted: Dec 24, 2011 6:19 PM
NC women face charges after newborn's death

Two women have been charged with practicing midwifery without a license in North Carolina after a newborn died following an underwater home birth.

Charlotte police arrested 43-year-old Mary Barhite and 45-year-old Jacqueline Proffit on Friday. Practicing midwifery without a license is a misdemeanor charge.

Barhite and Profitt were both released on bond. It couldn't be immediately determined Saturday if either has a lawyer.

In North Carolina, midwives must be registered nurses who are certified by the state.

Charlotte police say the women were at a private home last week assisting with an underwater birth, in which the baby is delivered in a tub of warm water. Police say there were complications with the delivery, and the newborn died after being rushed to a local hospital.