Name: Severson, Carol
License type and number: DEM LD 102953
Areas served: Albany, Midvalley region
July 25, 2004, OHLA received complaint from a client stating that licensee failed to properly conduct examination during prenatal care, failed to do 3 urine dip sticks during prenatal care, and failed to maintain equipment when rendering services. On April 25, 2006, OHLA sent a subpoena to Salem hospital requesting chart notes. On May 3, 2006, Salem Hospital submitted request for chart notes. According to the notes baby was admitted and stayed in the hospital 5 days. Discharge diagnosis stated: “Term male infant, LGA, now 5 days old, weighing 4713, perinatal depression with shoulder dystocia, respiratory distress resolved, sepsis evaluation negative, erythema toxicum, mild jaundice resolving, feeding and nutritional issues.” On October 25, 2007 (3 years after the incident perhaps due to trial?) OHLA sent licensee a letter requesting that she respond to the complaint. Licensee responded that once baby was delivered, baby was making no respiratory efforts. She attempted to give oxygen, she noticed the seal on the mask inadequate. She attempted to reposition the mask but decided to use a Dixie cup to continue flow of oxygen. She states that she called the hospital prior to transporting baby and brought the baby in by personal vehicle with her care leading the parent’s car following.
Conclusion by Board: Licensee did not have a written documentation of emergency transport plan, no urinalysis on 3 prenatal visits, and no attempt to call 911 and did NOT accompany baby during transport.
“I will be in court on June 24, 2004 at 1:30 pm to plead “NOT GUILTY” to a charge brought against me by the District Attorney of Marion County of ‘Criminal Mistreatment in the 2nd degree.’” http://midwiferyeducation.tripod.com/blog/
Quotes: “Couples must maintain the full responsibility for their own health care and for the outcome of the birth. I will assist with information on nutrition, exercises and childbirth education, but you must assume the responsibility of maintaining your own excellent health care. Home birth couples must take extra responsibility in this area since technological help is not immediately available as it is for those birthing in the hospital.”
In the Media:
Red Flags: No apparent formal education beyond high school. Learned midwifery through “home study” and “labor sitting.”
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