2 Midwives in Montreal are having to defend themselves after a coroners report came out yesterday after a baby was born still last November. The coroner said that the death could have been preventable and that the midwives were to blame. The details are not clear but there was meconium, aspiration and a loss of heartbeat before birth.
Sad, scary for me to think about but was it really because of the midwives?
If the same would have happened at the hospital (and it does) are the doctors to blame? No, of course not… Doctors make mistakes, they are humans or just don’t have any idea of the real, natural side of birth.
It is really tiring to hear peoples comments about this. If something happens out of the hospital than right away it could have been “preventable” and people should be held accountable. Why not the same for doctors? They do things to women everyday that risk the lives of both the women and the babies, yet they are never held accountable… Why? They risk women’s and babied lives by inducing labour when women are not ready (if you “have” to induce then your body is NOT READY), by managing the third stage, by just intervening whenever the can because of their cookie cut views and protocols instead of letting birth occur naturally. (I have a better post on this)
I wonder if the coroner would have said that the doctor should be held accountable, or is he just like most of the other doctors out there… scared of midwives taking over their jobs and women having control over their own health and well being…
I wonder what this will do to Quebec Midwives…
I hope they are found to have done everything that should have been done. I can’t believe they would blame midwifes like that…sometimes, birth just goes wrong. Just like sometimes creation goes wrong and babys are created with holes in the heart. The mother isn’t to blame for that. She’s not told that “she didn’t try hard enough” that would be insain and insensative to say to someone! Just as this is…I hope justice is served.