To the Editor:

As I woman with family ties to the local Mennonite community, and as an advocate for home births, having had three myself, I am writing in regards to the article, "Police arrest Penn Yan area mid-wife," (Times, Nov. 17).

In that article, it is stated: "Police said Catlin was posing as a midwife for many years, primarily exploiting pregnant Mennonite women in and around the Penn Yan area." Exploitation, by definition is: The action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work. I was outraged when I read that. Perhaps it is time that the women she "exploited" are given a chance to speak. It was in complete confidence of her skill and abilities that I requested Catlin assist with labor and delivery of all three of my children. The care I received was professional and personal. Not once was I treated unfairly; not once did she try to benefit from my state. My experience was absolutely wonderful.

We were not victims preyed on by someone of evil intent. I was not being led blindly. Catlin never posed as someone she was not. There is no one else I would rather have assist me through labor and delivery. The only exploitation I have felt was from that sketchy article and the comments that followed on Facebook, assuming that since I am of Mennonite background I am an uneducated and vulnerable victim, the prime target for exploitation.

To get a more balanced view, let our voices be heard!

SARAH ESH

Keuka Park

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