Jill Duggar Dillard and the Duggar family say she is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), but a prominent obstetrician gynecologist calls her a counterfeit. Dr. Amy Tuteur, a former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, published a scathing critique of Jill's claims to be a midwife on Tuesday.
"Jill Duggar Dillard did not become a midwife. She became a counterfeit midwife. She was awarded an ersatz credential (CPM, Certified Professional Midwife) designed to fool the public into believing that lay people who can't be bothered (or can't hack) the education and training needed to become a real midwife are 'midwives' nonetheless. The CPM really means 'counterfeit professional midwife.' "
Jill Duggar's husband, Derick Dillard, revealed that his wife received her CPM on September 16 after taking an exam. A congratulatory banner was hung on the front door of the Duggar family home of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
As Dr. Tuteur describes, the lack of proper medical training can lead to fatalities of both mothers and babies during childbirth. Jill Duggar ran into severe complications herself during the attempted home birth of her first child on April 6. She didn't realize, after 70 hours of labor, that her baby was in the wrong position for a normal birth. She finally presented at a hospital, where doctors discovered signs of fetal distress. They performed an emergency Cesarean section and saved the life of Jill and her baby, Israel David Dillard.