A Lancaster County grand jury investigation of a local midwife has ended with a recommendation that state lawmakers revamp regulations governing midwifery practices.
No charges will be filed against Diane Goslin, the midwife under investigation, but an extensive investigation of her practice showed cause for alarm, District Attorney Craig Stedman said.
The Lancaster County Investigating Grand Jury, which heard evidence over the past year, released a report Wednesday that said current state law doesn't "provide clear, adequate or sufficient oversight and regulation of non-nurse-midwives."
The Grand Jury opines that oversight is necessary to ensure the safety of at-home births.
They also urged state lawmakers to abolish the unlicensed practice of midwifery, unless it is strictly regulated.
Goslin was involved in a number of births in which children died or did not receive appropriate treatment, according to officials.
The Grand Jury, while noting no criminal acts are alleged, opines that Goslin's work "fell well below the accepted maternity standard of care in several regards and resulted in serious risk to the welfare of the patients as well as their newborn babies."
The Grand Jury, assembled by Stedman, says the "haziness" of state law regarding midwifes, prevented charges from being filed.