Ian Penwell & Rose Penwell, CPM / Incompetent midwives
We used Ian and Rose Penwell of the Natural Alternative Midwifery Practice for a home birth of our second child. Huge mistake! They never disclosed to us that they do not carry any liability/malpractice insurance. They also lied about the fact that they live in the Philippines and were only in the US for two years. They lied about the level of their experience, which is minimal. My wife is now needing reconstructive surgery to fix bad suturing performed by Ian Penwell. The suturing was insufficient and the tear remained open. Ian was also late for the delivery, which resulted in my wife needing to go to the ER three days later. After the ordeal, Ian and Rose refused to accept ANY responsibility, either coming up with excuses or ignoring our complaints.
If you are pregnant and are considering your options, please inform yourselves and do a lot of research if you decide to go the midwife/homebirth route. The problem with midwifery in Idaho is that the midwives are not regulated and there is no oversight or accountability. You could potentially find yourself in a dangerous situation and be looking at a trip to the ER - something you need to consider not just for yourself, but for your baby.
We want to put this information out there because in our case, what could have been an easy delivery ended up a nightmare for us. Not to mention the fact that the Penwells are still practicing, and have not taken any responsibility or acknowledged any mistakes on their part.