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Midwife Admits Misconduct

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Midwife Admits Misconduct

Wellington, Aug 18 NZPA - A Canterbury midwife who admitted six charges of professional misconduct was nicer to dogs than one of her patients, a disciplinary tribunal has been told.

The midwife, who has name suppression, admitted the charges at a Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in Christchurch yesterday, The Press reported.

Witnesses told the tribunal the midwife brushed off their concerns, was cold and uncaring and treated patients like animals.

One woman, who gave birth in 2007, called the midwife after going into labour a month before her due date.

The midwife recommended rest and ignored further calls from the woman's husband.

The couple eventually went to the hospital, where the "very cross" midwife said the woman was only 3.5cm dilated and was in for a "long, hard night".

Moments later, the woman gave birth in the bathroom, with another midwife "scooping" the baby up before it hit the floor.

Another complaint involved a 16-year-old, who said the midwife interfered in the adoption process of her unborn child.

She said the midwife organised prospective parents but the arrangement fell through after the birth.

A midwifery expert told the tribunal the midwife's involvement in the adoption process was a breach of ethics and standards of care.

The hearing was expected to finish today.

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