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Albion woman pleads guilty in midwife case

– A northern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to charges of illegal midwifery nearly two years after her arrest helped spark a protest by supporters of at-home births.

Delores Jean Stanley of Albion made the guilty plea Wednesday in a LaGrange County court under a deal for prosecutors to dismiss other charges. She faces a possible 330-day sentence and probation when she’s sentenced in May, the Goshen News reported.

Stanley’s arrest came before state legislators changed Indiana law last year to allow broader licensing. They previously needed to be certified nurse midwives, which required a bachelor’s degree in nursing plus a master’s-level degree in midwife training.

Greg Kenner, a LaGrange County deputy prosecutor, said the law requires a midwife to have a license and be under the guidance of a physician. “We don’t have to be concerned as long as a doctor is overseeing,” he said.

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