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Women facing unlawful midwifery charges


A Howe-area woman was arrested over the weekend, charged with practicing midwifery while not licensed.

According to arrest reports, Ireena Keeslar, 49, of CR 750N was arrested March 31 and charged with one count of Unlawful Practice of Midwifery, a Class D Felony.

It has been reported that a second women, Jeannie Stanley, 47, of Albion was charged earlier in March.

The two women were investigated when the prosecutor’s office was contacted by the county coroner following a stillbirth in late 2011. It was noted that the stillbirth was not caused by the midwives who were allegedly in attendance. However, the prosecutor’s office noted that the stillbirth did bring the issue of unlicensed midwives to their attention.

Keeslar was released on bond following the arrest and is scheduled for an initial hearing Monday at 11 a.m.

It has been announced that supporters will gather at the courthouse Monday prior to her hearing.

In Indiana, Certified Nurse Midwife means a registered nurse who has graduated from a nationally accredited school of midwifery, has passed the National Certifying Examination given by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and is licensed by the board to practice as a nurse-midwife, according to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.