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NC officials look into midwives at baby's death

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Prosecutors are waiting for a medical examiner's report that could say whether delivery by unlicensed midwives contributed to the death of a baby born at home.

The Charlotte Observer reports two women are charged with practicing midwifery without a license after the child's death in Charlotte two weeks ago.

One of the women charged is 45-year-old Jackie Proffit of Indian Trail. She calls the arrests "a witch hunt" and says the case was the kind of situation that can occur in any setting.

The death fuels a debate over whether North Carolina should promote or discourage access to midwives who deliver babies at home. North Carolina is one of a handful of states that requires midwives to be licensed nurses.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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