To the Editor:

I am writing because I am disappointed and upset at how quick some people are to misjudge others.

Elizabeth Catlin has been my friend and birth assistant for almost six years, and has delivered all three of our children in homebirths at our request. I would choose no different. She always made sure both mother and baby received the best of care. And not once was I disappointed, misled or exploited by her.

To write that she was exploiting women is greatly misjudging Elizabeth who is not only a loved and respected mother and grandmother but also a friend and birth assistant to many who trust her completely. So, please let our opinions matter. We need Elizabeth Catlin.

KAREN E. BURKHOLDER

Penn Yan

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