It’s All About the Tar and Feathers

It’s been a little while. I’m on to trial number two. (for those unfamiliar with trial one, please visit: http://www.supportmidwifekatiemccall.wordpress.com/about)

Yes, you read that right.

A few days ago, my attorney and I headed into court again. This time it was a new venue: The Administrative Law Court in downtown Los Angeles. The Medical Board is now beginning its’ action against my license.

I knew the proceedings were going to be wonky when the judge told my attorney (in attempt to help him understand how the court works… it’s a far cry from the Federal Criminal Court), “Ok, look… set aside your intuition and what you know of right and wrong for a minute…”

The Deputy Attorney General representing the Medical Board, Vladimir Shalkevich, has apparently been with my case since its’ inception. It’s nice to finally meet a face that has been so intimately involved, rather than being a peon in a cubicle somewhere. This man has MET the witnesses and apparently believes strongly enough in my case to make it his bread and butter all these years.

During the proceedings, he told Stephen (my attorney), “Your client does know that she is liable to pay all of the expenses of these proceedings and the attorney’s fees (his own) associated with this, right?”

I almost died laughing. Seriously, dude, get in line.

Stephen explained that if the Medical Board doesn’t allow me to work, how do they expect me to pay. He went on to tell both him and the judge that he thought the whole thing was financially motivated. Duh.

But “Vlad” said that he believed the Medical Board was not motivated by money, but by the desire to “get their license back that they accidentally gave to Ms. McCall.”

“It’s as if,” he said, “your client found the neighbor’s puppy and needs to return it.”

The Medical Board offered to continue the case until after my appeal IF I would stipulate to a suspension of my license… something I cannot do. If I stipulate to suspension and then win at appeal, the suspension will always remain with me and is looked at unfavorably by most other states if I were to move (might have to after all this bullying!).

Of course, “Vlad” went on and on about the unsafe position I have put the medical board in as I might just “go and practice” even on probation. You know, cus I’m such a lawbreaker.

After court, Stephen called his bluff and asked if he would be willing to bend the rules (stating that I can’t surrender my own license during investigations or discipline) in exchange for not owing the Medical Board any money… I mean, honestly, I can think of nothing I’d like better than to NEVER have to deal with the crazy Medical Board again!

Of course Vlad declined the offer.

So… we’re off to trial number two on June 6th. I am TRULY hoping that people will come and support me at this trial more than any other. From what we know of the way the Medical Board works, the trial itself doesn’t even matter. The judge could rule against the Medical Board and tell them to quit their bullying, but the Medical Board is under no obligation to even listen to the judge. They will still do whatever they like.

And “Vlad” let us know several times, in no uncertain terms, that they want to revoke my license. They are not willing to even bend.

So, PLEASE plan to join us on June 6th at the Administrative Law Court. The address is: Offfice of Administrative Hearings, 320 West Fourth Street, sixth floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013. The room itself can only hold so many people, so we may need to alternate viewers.

It’s going to be a doozy of a tar and feather show. I’m just going to be openly and publicly paraded as the convict I am. I’d really love to know there are people there who know a convict isn’t ALL I am.

Also, if you’re into holding signs/protesting whatever, this is the day to do it. We have nothing to lose… I mean, what are they gunna do to me, take my license away???

Also… PLEASE consider writing letters to the following people to voice your opinion, either by snail mail or email. If you already wrote a letter for trial, you can just amend that and send a copy to each person below. You are also free to call these people… they are being funded by your tax dollars after all. Distribute far and wide. Thank you!!!!

After calling or sending your letter/email, make a complaint about the Medical Board of CA here:

http://www.mbc.ca.gov/forms/consumer_response.pdf

Vladimir ShalkevichDeputy Attorney General (assigned to my case)
Health Quality Enforcement
300 S Spring St Fl 5
Los Angeles, California 90013
vladimir.shalkevich@doj.ca.gov(213) 897-2148

Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Phone: (916) 445-9555

Renee Threadgill, Chief of Enforcement (renee.threadgill@mbc.ca.gov) and Laura Sweet, Deputy Chief of Enforcement (laura.sweet@mbc.ca.gov)
Medical Board of CA
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA  95815
(916) 263-2389 phone
(916) 263-2387 fax
and cc enforcement staff: Susan Cady (susan.cady@mbc.ca.gov), Ramona Carrasco (ramona.carrasco@mbc.ca.gov), Kurt Heppler (kurt.heppler@mbc.ca.gov), Natalie Lowe (natalie.lowe@mbc.ca.gov), Kelly Maldanado (kelly.maldanado@mbc.ca.gov), Ian McGlone (ian.mcglone@mbc.ca.gov), Valerie Moore (valerie.moore@mbc.ca.gov), Paulette Romero (paulette.romero@mbc.ca.gov)

Governor Jerry Brown (who appoints the Medical Board members)
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Or send an email through the following link: http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

Barbara Yaraslovski, President
Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA  95815
(916) 263-2389 phone
(916) 263-2387 fax

Reginald Low, M.D., Chair
Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA  95815
(916) 263-2389 phone
(916) 263-2387 fax

Hedy Chang, Vice Chair
Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA  95815
(916) 263-2389 phone
(916) 263-2387 fax

Susan Morrish
Midwifery Program Analyst
Medical Board of California
Phone: 916-263-2393
Fax: Ph:  916-263-8936
Susan.Morrish@mbc.ca.gov

Other Medical Board Members:
Clarence H. Braddock, M.D.,
Neal Cohen, M.D.,
Daniel Giang, M.D.,
F. Allan Hubbell, M.D., M.S.P.H.,
James Nuovo, M.D.,
Neil Parker, M.D.,
Andrew Ries, M.D.,
Frank R. Sinatra, M.D.,
c/o Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA  95815
(916) 263-2389 phone
(916) 263-2387 fax

Medical Board Execute Staff:
Linda Whitney, Executive Director, linda.whitney@mbc.ca.gov
Kimberly Kirchmeyer, Deputy Director, kimberly.kirchmeyer@mbc.ca.gov
Dan Wood, Public Information Officer, dan.wood@mbc.ca.gov
Curt Worden, Chief of Licensing, curt.worden@mbc.ca.gov
Jennifer Simoes, Chief of Legislation, jennifer.simoes@mbc.ca.gov
Susan Morrish, Licensing, Susan.Morrish@mbc.ca.gov
c/o Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA  95815
(916) 263-2389 phone
(916) 263-2387 fax

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About supportmidwifekatiemccall

Katie McCall was born at Pomona Valley Hospital in Southern California by scheduled c-section as a frank breech due to the current medical system insistence that breeches should always be delivered that way. Katie's father's family was filled with teachers, her mother's family was filled with healers. It is no surprise then, that she went on to have her own two children and spend her adult life involved in a combination of teaching and healing through midwifery, childbirth education, doula work and serving families in Southern California. Katie attended USC for her general education and then went on to study with the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth to become a certified childbirth educator. Shortly thereafter, she certified as a birth doula (labor assistant) with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. Katie was also mentored through a pregnancy and birth support business called The Birth Connection in Glendale, CA, which Katie later purchased and expanded to include a 1500 square foot education facility, retail store and birthing center. She enrolled in midwifery school and apprenticed with the midwives who ran the birth center as well as with midwives who attended homebirths. She sold her business to pursue her midwifery education full time in 2006 and passed her midwifery (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 2008. She went on to gain her Midwifery License from the State of CA Medical Board in 2010. Katie has received supplementary education in lactation to become a lactation educator, vaginal birth after cesarean support, support of sexual abuse survivors, aromatherapy and is neonatal and CPR certified. She assisted over 500 couples through childbirth education and attended over 550 births as of 2011. As a Southern California native, she has a wide range of experience, serving mothers from diverse backgrounds. She believes her job is one of empowering women to develop their own trust and connection with their bodies and their babies during their own unique journey into motherhood. If she has learned anything through her experience with birth, it is that every birth is as different as the women who are laboring. On August 17th, 2011 Katharine “Katie” McCall, a licensed midwife, was convicted of practicing medicine with out a license for a 2007 birth she assisted as a student. The charge arose from a home birth where Katie's supervising midwife could not arrive because she was at another birth. Instead of leaving the family to birth unassisted, Katie stayed. She recommended that the family transfer to the hospital and the family refused. They were aware that she was only a student midwife and that she was unable to secure an overseeing mid View all posts by supportmidwifekatiemccall

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