Mother-Daughter Midwives Under Investigation, Licenses Suspended

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The Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses has confirmed that two women - mother and daughter - have been ordered to stop practicing midwifery in the wake of an investigation into three newborn deaths in two years at The Baby Place in Meridian. The allegations against Coleen Goodwin and daughter Jerusha include "an immediate and ongoing danger to the public health, safety and welfare." Both women have been ordered not to seek license renewal until the state board completes its investigation. The Meridian Police Department is also investigating one of the deaths, which occurred in August 2011.

The Baby Place's website lists Coleen Goodwin as the midwifery facility's administrator and Jerusha Goodwin as the birth center's administrator.

To date, the bureau has launched investigations into 20 complaints alleged against midwives since 2010; 16 of the cases are pending. According to the state, 38 people have been licensed to work as midwives in Idaho.