Midwife Charged With Practicing Medicine Over Drug Use

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) - A midwife who works in the Amish community of northeast Ohio illegally gave a patient a drug to slow bleeding, prosecutors said.

Frieda M. Miller, a 47, of Holmes County, was charged last week with practicing medicine without a license and possessing and selling a dangerous drug. She could get 3½ years in prison if convicted.

She gave two drugs to a woman who was delivering a baby at Miller's home on Dec. 17, Holmes County Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Knowling said Monday.

The woman needed the drugs to stop excessive bleeding after she gave birth to a healthy baby, said Miller, a midwife for 17 years. She is not a physician.

"It was used as an emergency measure to try to slow down the bleeding prior to transport," Miller said.

The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was treated and released the same day, Miller said. Both the mother and baby are doing fine, she said.

Doctors at the hospital notified the sheriff.

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