General Curtis Hill has filed a complaint against a Porter County woman
alleging that she is acting as an unlicensed midwife for Indiana families.
According to a
statement released today, the complaint alleges that Julie Lentz, doing
business as Sacred Lotus Midwifery Services, has failed to obtain either a
certified nurse midwife license or a certified direct entry midwife
certificate. Under Indiana law, an individual must achieve one of these
designations in order to legally provide services as a midwife.
“Indiana law is
designed to ensure that midwives meet certain educational and other
requirements so they can provide safe and effective care to expecting
mothers,” Hill said. “Engaging in consumer transactions without a required
permit or other license is a deceptive act in violation of Indiana’s
Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.”
In addition, the
Attorney General’s Office also filed a motion for a temporary restraining
order (TRO), which the Porter County Superior Court granted. The TRO
provides an emergency 10-day injunction against Lentz, preventing her from
operating as a midwife in Indiana, the statement said.
The AG’s Office is
seeking a longer-term preliminary injunction preventing Lentz from further
operation as an unlicensed midwife in Indiana, along with civil penalties
and court costs. The court has scheduled a hearing on the matter for 2:30
p.m. Monday, July 8.
addition to the civil matter, the AG’s Office has filed a motion to cease
and desist against Lentz before the Indiana State Board of Nursing, which
has agreed to hear the motions at a hearing likely be held on July 18. If
the motion is granted, Lentz would be ordered to cease the practice of