NC midwife pleads guilty in failed home birth

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Tina Louise Bailey

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A midwife in Asheville has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a 2012 failed home birth, according to WSPA.

Tina Louise Bailey, 46, was originally charged with the murder of an unborn child, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, obtaining property by false pretense and obstruction of justice.

This week Bailey plead guilty to one count of felony obstruction of justice and one count of misdemeanor unauthorized practice of midwifery.

In North Carolina,  it is against the law for a midwife to practice without graduating from an accredited midwifery education program and passing a national certification.

The district attorney said the party that hired Bailey knew that she was not certified.

Bailey will now serve a suspended sentence of six to 17 months and was ordered not to practice midwifery.