Jill Duggar Dillard's Husband Derick Defends Her Midwife Qualifications: 'I Drove Her To Take The Test!'

Steph Bazzle

Jill Duggar Dillard's husband, Derick, has become social media famous for responding to viewers with snippets denying rumors, news snippets, and Duggar traditions. In his latest response, Derick addresses a story that's more than two years old: Jill's qualifications as a midwife. The Inquisitr published back in 2015 a doctor's characterization of Jill's as a "counterfeit midwife." However, Derick tweeted this week, denying that Jill is a 'fake' midwife.

How can Derick Dillard and a medical doctor present such completely different claims about Jill's qualifications?

Well, the fact is, Jill Dillard says she's certified as a CPM -- not licensed as a CNM. A CPM, or Certified Professional Midwife, is not the same as a CNM, or Certified Nurse Midwife, and not all states allow CPMs to supervise births at all. In short, a CPM apprentices with a midwife and completes a portfolio program, while a CNM must complete a graduate degree program, and is considered a highly trained health professional.

When evaluating one's education in any subject, one factor examined is the educator. Jill Dillard, according to the Duggar Family Blog, did her midwifery training with Venessa Giron, whose practice operated under the name A Mommy's Butterfly. The practice now advertises as offering midwifery in the states neighboring Arkansas, but not in the Duggar family's own home state. According to The Hollywood Gossip, this is because Giron lost her license to practice in Arkansas, after a client sued, saying that Giron and Jill Dillard had refused to transfer her to a hospital and failed to give needed medications during labor.

What does all this add up to? In short, Jill Duggar Dillard did receive certification for performing midwifery, but it's a certification many professionals consider inadequate, after training by a person who later lost her license, over a birth Jill also attended, and it's not clear that she still holds that certification.