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Mum reports midwife for computer work mid-birth

Mum reports midwife for computer work mid-birth

Published: 05 Jun 2012 15:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Jun 2012 15:54 GMT+02:00

A woman has reported a midwife to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after she was forced to go into childbirth on her feet while the nurse sat at a nearby table on the computer.

The patient, who is 40, was left standing as she began childbirth at the maternity ward of the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, north of Stockholm.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old midwife sat at a nearby computer looking at her computer screen, according to the report.

The patient was at the end of her 39th week of pregnancy and was in severe pain after the birth, although the baby was delivered safely.

The 40-year-old has now reported the midwife to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) stating that she was incompetent.

The patient, who wrote that she “lost a lot of blood” in the ordeal, also wrote that she believed that her unborn baby’s life was in danger.

The board has reviewed the case and considers that it may be the hospital which is at fault rather than the midwife.

Even though the midwife was undertrained to take care of the birth alone, the board wrote that she should not have been left by herself in such circumstances.

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20:04 June 5, 2012 by johan rebel
"while the nurse sat at a nearby table on the computer."

Why would a nurse, or anybody else for that matter, want to sit on a computer?

Doesn't sound very comfortalble to me.
22:05 June 5, 2012 by texaslass
I do not understand why it is the hospital who is to blame rather than the nurse. Could she not ask for help, if she was not educated enough to deliver the baby?

Perhaps the hospital is to blame because it is hiring uneducated persons who in NOT really nurse. The hospital is falsifying records to make it look like they are hiring actual nurses.

I do not think we have the real story.
06:30 June 6, 2012 by Da Goat
It sounds to me that it is the mother that is the one to blame here, she should not actually be breeding. the mother should have just followed her instinct after all the mid wife is just an onlooker or coach in reality!

surely the dumb woman did not just stand there and deliver , drop the baby there on the floor... if so, she did not need the midwife at all! yeah giving birth is not a pleasant experience, there is blood and mess. if the nurse could sit at the computer she was not even needed! well done mum!
16:54 June 6, 2012 by Thebinary1
Socialstyrelsen chides Karolinska for poor treatment of childbirthing mother. Now we know what their handout of Nobel Prizes actually mean :D
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