Those who read this website know that the majority of my complaint was about how Suzanne Smith, the owner of better birth, responded to the mistreatment I went through there. In MCU’s letter they claim that Ester Werbach was never approved as a preceptor- why the HELL was she training students then??? They claim no students were involved. I say that when a student is taught that failing to obtain consent is normal midwifery practice they are plenty involved. They should have at least retrained the student who was with me when my right to refuse treatment was violated, my voice ignored. Here is the response. I’ve edited nothing except for my name:
October 18, 2013
Thank you for alerting us about your traumatic experience with Esther Werbach and the administration of Better Birth. We are sorry that your birth resulted in PTSD and that you were not able to enjoy your son’s first few months of life without this negativity hanging over your head.
The Midwives College of Utah has completed our review of your complaint. As outlined in our Clinical Policies and Procedures, in order for a preceptor to be approved to work in a clinical placement with MCU students, she (he) must complete an application process which outlines specific requirements. The preceptor also signs a Clinical Training Agreement which requires certain obligations to MCU and the student. Esther Werbach has never applied nor been approved as an MCU preceptor. If Esther were an approved preceptor, we could require her to complete remediation before continuing to precept our students. If the terms of remediation are not met, MCU would withdraw approval from the preceptor.
We appreciate your concern about students who may be exposed to inappropriate behavior that is not in keeping with the Midwives Model of Care. Because none of our students were involved in your birth and the incidents you summarize, we have no legal authority or right to question the behavior of Esther or Suzanne regarding this specific incident. We will, however, keep your complaint in Better Birth’s file and take it into consideration if/when an MCU student requests a clinical placement with Better Birth.
It is our hope that in sharing the details of your traumatic experience with us, you will find victory instead of victimization. Having the courage to speak up when one feels wronged can enlighten any of us who may become apathetic and insensitive in one of the most significant days of a woman’s life. Though the details of your experience will remain confidential, your pain reinforces our commitment to the entitlement that all women share to have an empowered, positive and considerate birth.
MCU Grievance Committee
Here is my response:
If ester was not a preceptor, why was she training students? Why did Suzanne Smith allow an unapproved person to train students?