1. Home birth inquest mother pleaded for help before her death.
An inquest into the death of 36-year-old Caroline Lovell in 2012 after a botched home birth has heard that she pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance, as she was worried she was going to die.
At the inquest yesterday paramedic Marie Daley’s evidence was presented. She claimed that Caroline Lovell’s husband Nick Lovell told her that his wife had “grabbed him by his shirt, looked him in the eye and pleaded with him for help.”
“‘Nick I’m telling you, you need to call an ambulance, I’m going to die’,” she reportedly said.
The inquest had previously heard that the now unregistered midwife Gaye Demanuele believed that Ms Lovell was panicking.
Dr John Campbell, a specialist obstetrician told the inquest that she displayed “classic symptoms” of significant blood loss including anxiety, agitation and shortness of breath.
He said he complained to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority about Ms Demanuele, but was told that because she was unregistered, they had no jurisdiction.
Dr Campbell said Ms Lovell most likely died from postpartum hemorrhage. Ms Lovell had already suffered a postpartum hemorrhage during the birth of her first child in 2008.
The court heard that the midwife, Ms Demanuele was aware of other complications during the first birth, but did not believe it would impact this home birth.
Fairfax Media reports that Ms Demanuele told the inquest last year that she was still attending home births as a support person.
Ms Lovell died in hospital on January 23 in 2012 the night after she gave birth to her daughter in a birthing pool in her home.
Mamamia has reported on this before.
2. New Zealand midwife told teenage mum to be “ladylike” in her recovery.
In New Zealand the Human Rights Tribunal has found that a midwife failed a teenage mother who she was supposed to be assisting with a birth.
The young mother give birth in January 2012, but it was not until a month later, when she visited a doctor, that it was found a tear was infected and needed hospital treatment.
The tribunal said the midwife, Natasha Thompson, told the young mother to be “ladylike” after assessing a tear to her perineum and did not refer the mother to the doctor. It is reported that she laughed at her when she told her she had to tie her legs together with a dressing gown to stop the pain.
3. Tragedy as five-year old boy killed.
A five-year old boy has been struck and killed by a car near his family home in Victoria.