AP: Mother-Daughter Midwives Reach $5 Million Settlement With Idaho Couple


A team of mother and daughter midwives, under investigation by the Meridian Police Department and the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, has reportedly reached a multi-million-dollar settlement with an Idaho couple that had sued the pair for medical malpractice.

The Associated Press' John Miller reports that Coleen and Jerusha Goodwin reached a $5 million settlement to avoid a jury trial. Adam and Victoria Nielson said their daughter, born without oxygen in June 2008 at Goodwin's birthing center, The Baby Place in Meridian, suffered permanent brain damage.

Allegations against the Goodwins include "an immediate and ongoing danger to the public health, safety and welfare," according to the licensing bureau. Both women have been ordered to stop practicing midwifery and ordered not to seek license renewal until the state board completes its investigation.