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Reflection of current midwifery teachings and practices is being recommended after 2 home births ended in the death of the newborns. Both children were born in undiagnosed breech positions due to the negligence of the midwives in not conducting a vaginal examination. Both children suffered from anoxia (lack of oxygen) as one had umbilical cord compression, which resulted in severe brain damage, and the others’ delivery was prolonged during which he sustained a spinal cord injury. Both conditions resulted in the babies’ deaths.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The New Zealand Herald
About: Midwives under scrutiny as 2 home deliveries die
Date: 7 November 2005
Source: The New Zealand Herald
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