Monday, December 30, 2013

Communication Records between MMA & NARM #2

Rachel Williston  
To Me
grievance@missourimidwivesassociation.orgsamidwife@aol.com

Dec 11
Hello Andrea,
I wanted to touch base with you and let you know I spoke with Shannon from the NARM accountability board yesterday morning. She is trying to contact you today or tomorrow about your complaint. We have a plan to move forward and are waiting on receiving paperwork and charts from the midwives to proceed. I just wanted to stay in touch and let you know where we are at. I look forward to working with you to resolve this as best we can. Many prayers for you and your family during the first holiday season after your loss. 

Respectfully,
Rachel Williston, President of MMA 
Me
To Rachel Williston
Dec 11
The phone number that I can be reached at is 314-xxx-xxxx. This waiting game is getting a bit overwhelming because it seems as thought no matter what I do I have to wait on this, and wait on that, and all I hear is we didn't get this, and waiting on a response for this person or that person. I just hope that it does not take a whole year. This is a sad case regardless of any holiday season. I wish there was more urgency when an death has taken place especially when a midwife is a fault for a death.
Andrea 
Me  
To Rachel Williston

Dec 11
again my sounding irate may be due to midwives not taking my daughters death seriously. There has to be a better way other than mail. Seem irrational. Anyways my phone took a fall in water the other day and my husbands number is the contact number listed please try on 314-xxx-xxxx or email
Rachel Williston
To Me
samidwife@aol.com

Dec 12
Andrea,
I assure you we are taking this case very seriously. We had a meeting yesterday to make certain we are doing what NARM requires of us as we move forward. We are in contact with the midwives and waiting on your charts, so that we can review them and schedule the grievance date for the in person interviews. We will try and find someplace close to where you are living to hold the meetings so as to make it as convenient for you as possible. I have sent the phone numbers you gave me on to Shannon so she can speak with you directly if she has not already. 
 We currently use mail to be certain we have all the paperwork completed. I will discuss this with Shannon to see if we can change anything to speed it up while still maintaining confidentiality and dealing with a staff that is spread out through the state. 

Respectfully,
Rachel Williston
Me
 Is there any word yet?
To Rachel Williston
Dec 28 at 1:56 PM
Is there any word yet?
To Rachel Williston

Dec 28 at 1:57 PM
I'm sure these midwives have had no punishments what so ever. I bet you they are still birthing babies. So sad
Rachel Williston   
To Me

Dec 29 at 9:42 PM
Andrea,
I have been told that Joann has mailed the records and we should receive them this week. I am sure mail is slow because of the holiday. We will plan to have the information gathering meeting as soon as possible. We have to follow the rules as set out by NARM. I will let you and Shannon know as soon as I receive the records. 
Respectfully,
Rachel Williston
AS YOU CAN SEE WE ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE MONTH OF JANUARY AND THEY ARE STILL SAYING THE SAME THING. I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS FOR FAR TOO LONG.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Holding NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) Accountable



These women are smart.  There is no accountability really at all when complaints are being filed or when a death has occurred on behalf of a midwife. Remember if your contacting NARM you probably are wanting to file or complaint or get some information. They are wonderful if you are trying to obtain information but if a baby has died you will get the VOICEMAIL often. They will forward your call and make false promises. They duck and dodge you and act like they have not forgotten about your case. If a death has occurred on behalf of a negligent midwife the Midwife will hide and NARM will act like the parent of the midwife and protect their little child. They hide in so many ways it's disgusting.  Shannon Anton for the accountability department has been on vacation for I don't know how long that is what they say every time I call. I'm starting not to believe them. You see I'm not trying to (hate) on home birth. I mean to be honest and truth of the matter is NARM has protected their self very well by being a Non-Profit organization. Non- Profit organizations can be sued but odds are slim that if sued you will win.

Wow these women are completely protected. Home birth advocated say to me constantly, "Babies die at the hospital also." I am aware of this you can read the chapter of My blog titled, "Kanoy". I know babies die at the hospital  but at least there is accountability if they die at the hospital. If your baby dies in the hospital on behalf of a negligent doctor believe me that doctor can not run. I'm not saying that the doctor can not get away with it either but what I am saying is hospitals have insurance. These midwives and NARM have nothing for a mother who loses a baby due to midwife incompetence and that is something that women that plan to birth at home should think about. If your baby dies at home and it's the midwives fault then who will you run to. NO ONE because there is no one to run to. There is no accountability if a CPM makes a mistake. They will lie and they will cover things up they will do whatever it takes to forget about you and what happened. The worst part is that they will continue to deliver babies like they did not commit murder and NARM is okay with these actions as long as home birthing women are not aware of these things.

I hope my blog can save at least one mother and one baby. These midwives stick together so that their organizations will continue to exist.  The midwife took my money, killed my baby, and ran and is still delivering babies. I bet you she makes sure she is on time now for all her deliveries or maybe not because she was never punished. She had no insurance and doesn't care that she held the cards for my daughters life and she bluffed. She ran to a lawyer who is also a midwife, OMG who is regulating these women. This is worst than a horror movie.

This matter is very serious and until some one is truly listening I think that home birth must be put on hold. YES!!!! That's right no more birthing at home until I talk to who's in charge. I don't want anymore babies  to have to die at home in the hands of inexperienced women who call themselves midwives. All midwives with a license must be audited now!

Women if your are pregnant you must finish your prenatal care in the hospital until home birth is safe again, right now unfortunately it is not safe. As a mother that has lost a child to home birth and midwife neglect I am really raising awareness to NARM because they are giving the licenses.  The accountability department with NARM is a prop. Its nearly just a department for show it's been almost a year and these midwives still have not met with me or my husband which lets me know that they do not take death seriously. They quit answering my phone calls and emails. I am furious and my job now is to let women know who plan on birthing at home with CPM or even at birthing centers, having a baby outside of a true hospital is dangerous and very risky and there is no accountability if something goes wrong. Think again for the sake of your life and your unborn child.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MMA (Missouri Midwives Association) Communication Record #1

This is the correspondence that I've been having back and forth with the MMA:

-----Original Message-----
From: andrea mcghee [mailto:andreamcgh@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:34 AM
To: Grievance@MissouriMidwivesAssociation.org

My name is Andrea McGhee. I am following up with the review board. The midwife/s I am concerned about are:
Joann Falcon
Jennifer Konkol
I am reporting a home birth death of a twin. I sent in my grievance form and release of records letters months ago. I have not heard anything in regarding my case.
Has the death been reported by midwife/s?
grievance@missourimidwivesassociation.org  
Nov 1
 Hello, Andrea,

I was surprised that I did not receive your return grievance complaint form in the mail.  I thought you must have decided to pursue another route.  

I take this very seriously.  I will check the mail again to see if your complaint has arrived.  If it has not, you will need to re-send the form because the committee cannot continue without the paperwork.

I am very sorry for this delay and will let you know what I find in the mail.

Sincerely, 
Deborah Smithey
Grievance Committee Chair

Nov 1
I already see the game your counsel is about to play. I know I sent the
forms two days after I received notice from your board. Please let's not play games to protect midwives. I will not wait on you to send forms out again. The form said that I only had 10 days from that day to respond. Why wouldn't I have sent it back. I lost a child and this is not a game.
I'm glad I made copies

Andrea

To grievance@missourimidwivesassociation.org

Nov 1
I don't like to correspond through the mail about a death that takes to long. This is urgent. I can bring you the forms to your headquaters. Where are you located and I Will be there.



Nov 1
I am definately not playing games.  MMA mail is forwarded from our mailbox in Springfield, MO.  We have received 2 letters since I sent the forms to you and neither of them was your reply.  Obviously we cannot proceed if we do not receive your formal complaint.
I suggest you contact the North American Registry of Midwives if you do not want to use the MMA Grievance process.  Like I said in the letter I mailed you, MMA does not have any real power over the midwife.  If you are serious about your complaint you should contact NARM because they are the ones who have the power to sanction her credential or take it away. 
NARM General Information:
Debbie Pulley
5257 Rosestone Dr.
Lilburn, GA 30047
888-842-4784 or 770-381-9051
info@narm.org
NARM Accountablility Department:
Shannon Anton
PO Box 128
Bristol, VT 05443
802-448-0462
accountability@narm.org
Sincerely,
Deborah Smithey
MMA Grievance Chair
grievance@missourimidwivesassociation.org  
Dec 2 at 1:17 PM
Dear Andrea McGhee,


We have received your signed Grievance Acknowledgement Form and will continue processing your case.  We will contact you when your input is needed.

Please do not contact me on the business phone for my midwifery practice.  My staff is not part of the MMA Grievance Review Board and it is inappropriate for them to take your call.

Sincerely,
Deborah Smithey
MMA GRB Chair

cc: Rachel Williston, MMA President



grievance@missourimidwivesassociation.org  
president

Dec 2 at 5:24 PM
Let me just say this ,
I never talked to anyone of your staff members your not being honest. Yes I called a few times and got no answer and today is the first day I decided to leave a message. I got the voicemail every time I called and today was the first day I left a message because you informed me that you were going to Springfield to see if my response was received. I lost my daughter and you want to talk to me  like I am interrupting  your practice. I don't care how you or your staff members feel about a mother calling. Maybe your the wrong person for the position of Chair of the Grievance Board. You just don't like me bugging you about this issue or maybe the way I'm talking to you is not polite enough. It is your responsibility as a member of the grievance board  to make sure a families claim is processed properly and to not give people the run around because it is not your problem. Who cares how a mother gets in contact with you as long as she does. Anyways since you've made it clear through this email that you have now become aggravated by me contacting you I will make sure that I keep all of our correspondences to show how you midwives/women really act when a death occurs.
Thanks for your time I will stay connected with Shannon from the Accountability department I have made her already aware of you and our conversation
Andrea



Unfortunately These are the games that I have to deal with while trying to file a death. They hold you up, they act like they don't get the mail and they also don't want to be bothered with your problem.

They pissed of the wrong mom


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