Horrific Birthing Event Highlighs Need for Maternity Review
Barbara Stewart MP
19 February 2013
Birthing Event Highlighs Need for Maternity
New Zealand First is renewing its offer to
the Government to help form a bipartisan committee to review
maternity services and recommend improvements.
comes following news of a horrific birth in the South Island
which led to a midwife facing a serious misconduct
Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart says the fact
that substandard midwifery continues to raise its ugly head
is proof that something positive must be done.
can be upsetting to accept one’s own personal limitations,
the maternity system needs to be focused on positive
outcomes for the mother and baby, not how awkward the
midwife may feel acknowledging their personal medical
“The trauma this family must have
experienced is one example among many which shows the
Government must launch an inquiry into New Zealand’s
“Lives of mothers and their newly born
children will remain at serious risk unless problems within
the maternity system are recognised and sensible solutions
implemented,” says Mrs
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