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Women practicing midwifery illegally put on probation

August 25, 2018

Two women who admitted to practicing midwifery without a license in Adams County will not spend time in jail.

Sylvia Eicher, 74, and Lydiann Schwartz, 73, were sentenced Friday in Adams Circuit Court to two years’ probation. Each had faced up to six months behind bars.

Police said the women examined and gave drugs to pregnant women in 2016 and 2017. A baby Schwartz helped care for died two weeks later from congenital heart disease, according to court documents.

Eicher injected one woman twice in May 2017. The woman later went to a hospital emergency room with severe headache and high blood pressure, the documents say.

Both women pleaded guilty in July to felony charges. Each was ordered Friday to stop practicing midwifery.

The women worked out of their homes, according to court documents, and Schwartz’s hours were posted on the front door of her home. They had been charged with practicing medicine without a license, but those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement. 

mleblanc@jg.net

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