A midwife being held responsible for an infant's death has been refusing to accept the claims by a coroner that she had caused "gross mismanagement" at the time, a recent report reveals.
As per the findings, Fiona Hallinan, a private midwife, is a part of an attempted home birth, in which a baby has died of heart failure. However, the coroner has found that Ms. Hallinan had failed to provide enough support and service after discovering that the baby's heart rate was falling.
It is but being said by the midwife on the other hand that she had not caused any kind of delay in taking the mother to hospital. She says that Kate Thurgood herself was demanding home birth and there were thus huge possibilities of complications. And the uterine rupture, which has been found to be the cause of Joseph Thurgood-Gates's death, was also amongst these complications.
Despite Hallinan's statement in her own defense, the coroner, who received complaints from obstetrician John Campbell, was forced to doubt her. Since, Ms. Thurgood was found to reach hospital six hours later after labour period. Also, the same points towards a possible fact that she must have been supported by the midwife only while she demanded to give home birth.
A detailed inquest is yet needed, it seems.