New York State Police and New York State Department of Education are continuing an investigation into charges that a Penn Yan woman has been practicing as a midwife without completing professional training.

State Police in Canandaigua charged Elizabeth J. Catlin, 52, of Penn Yan for the NYS Department of Education felony of Unauthorized Practice of Profession Nov. 14.

Inv. Mark E. Eifert says the investigation concluded that Catlin had been posing as a midwife for many years and primarily exploiting pregnant women within the Mennonite community in and around the Penn Yan area.

According to the New York State Police, midwifery is identified as a profession in the Education Law (Article 140) and there are definitions of the practice of midwifery, the use of the title midwife, and specific requirements for obtaining a professional license as a midwife. Midwife without completing any of the requirements to lawfully do so.

She was processed at State Police barracks in Canandaigua and taken to Ontario County Jail for centralized arraignment. Bail was set at $5,000 cash and was posted.

Eifert says additional charges may be filed in Yates County. If you have information about this case, contact Eifert at 585-398-4121.