Today there are reports in both the Mail and the Telegraph about the neonatal death of a baby whose parents had employed an Independent Midwife. There are so many questions that I would like to ask because, as usual, we are provided with the attention catching sentences like ‘the midwife then left the distressed woman unattended while awaiting the ambulance’ but we are not provided with many details which would provide the whole picture, and The Telegraph are very careful to qualify every allegation.
Why was the woman in a birthing pool in the garden? Was the baby breech – ‘parts of the boy’s body displaying bruising’ and ‘With the baby in the wrong position in the womb and at risk of suffocating’ makes me think this was the case. If baby was breech did the parents know beforehand, did the midwife know before, or did she only discover the position during the labour? What of the other midwife who was present during this labour, why is there no mention of her failure to act appropriately, is she going to appear before the NMC?
I think there is much more to this story than we are privy to, I’m not going to pontificate one way or the other. I just hope that the whole story will be told as there are generally two-sides.