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Maternity Services Failing Mums and Babies under National

Barbara Stewart MP
Spokesperson for Health

16 August 2012

Maternity Services Failing Mums and Babies under National

New Zealand First has renewed calls for a review of maternity services following revelations that another baby’s death could have been avoided had the attending midwife followed correct procedures.

Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart has been leading the call for a review of maternity services, sparked by reports showing there were 21 infant deaths in 2010 where midwives failed to follow recommended best practice guidelines.

“I’m shocked by today’s reports in the media that a midwife would think it is okay to send a text message for updates on a serious condition.

“Perhaps the coroner’s report into this senseless tragedy will be enough to spur the Government into action before other young lives are needlessly lost.”

Mrs Stewart says the results of serious complaints or inquiries into midwives’ performance should be made public.

“That way mothers can make an informed choice about who to trust to care for them and their baby.”


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