By Vanessa Murphy, Nexstar Media Wire

A popular TV show and Netflix movie have put midwifery in the spotlight.

“Call the Midwife” is a BBC show about a group of nurse-midwives in London in the 1950s. “Pieces of a woman” is a Netflix movie about a woman grappling with a devastating home birth.

One Las Vegas woman who chose to have a midwife rather than a doctor care for her during her pregnancy is sharing her story.

Midwifery has been around for centuries but is not regulated in the state of Nevada. Some midwives work with physicians while others do not. 

An expectant mother may go to a midwife instead of a doctor for care and checkups, and in some cases, choose to deliver in their homes.

An expectant mother may go to a midwife instead of a doctor for care and checkups, and in some cases, choose to deliver in their homes.

Now a Clark County mother is suing the midwife who cared for her during her pregnancy and both sides are sharing their versions of what happened.

Alicia Sowers and her husband had a due date in May 2020.

“It was really a dream come true,” said plaintiff Alicia Sowers.

She said the couple chose a home birth due to concerns about going to a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they considered their home to be a special place.

It turned out the Sowers were having twins.

While her second child survived, after she was rushed to the hospital, the Sowers lost their firstborn.

“Our son Sullivan was born gray and not breathing,” Alicia Sowers said.

There is a disagreement over how her pregnancy unfolded along with what started as a home birth.

The Sowers are suing Well Rounded Mama, the woman who runs it, Sherry Hopkins, and three other members of her team.

Sowers alleges negligence, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Sowers keeps Sullivan’s ashes close.

“We cremated him. I actually have some of his remains in this ring,” Sowers said.

She added that she and her husband continue to try to cope with the loss of their child.

“It just broke our hearts.”

Sowers said she believes home births and midwives need to be regulated.

Midwifery is not regulated in the state of Nevada.  Lawmakers are considering two pieces of legislation that would create oversight for Certified Professional Midwives. The bills are Senate Bill 271 and Assembly Bill 387.

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