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Mother cut 'like meat' by midwife during home birth

Daisy suffers from Erb's palsy, a condition which causes paralysis in the arm

A midwife has been found guilty of misconduct after a botched home birth which left a mother needing surgery and a baby with a paralysed arm.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London ordered Susan Rose, of Brighton, be struck off following her care of Victoria Anderson from Sussex.

The mother from Storrington needed reconstructive surgery after being cut "like a piece of meat".

Her baby's arm was also paralysed when nerves were severed during the birth.

The conduct and competence committee found Ms Rose, an independent midwife, guilty of a number of charges including failing to explain to the patient that she did not have and/or would not be able to obtain professional indemnity insurance.

'Multiple failures'

She was also found guilty of failing to make various records during the pregnancy, inducing labour when there was no clinical reason to do so, failing to take appropriate action during the labour, and failing to keep up to date with current midwifery practice.

It was as if I was a piece of meat. I was shouting 'get the baby out' and she literally just cut her out of me
Victoria Anderson, mother

The hearing was told that Mrs Anderson paid Ms Rose £3,000 to deliver her third daughter at her home.

While pregnant she developed diabetes and, as a result, her unborn baby had grown to 12lb.

The mother of four daughters told the hearing she had asked Ms Rose to cut her to help the baby out.

She said: "I thought I would deliver the shoulders and Daisy would be out but suddenly Sue started to get stressed. She was sweating.

"Then she threw me across the room on to all fours and started cutting me with scissors. She cut me randomly and she just kept cutting.

"It was as if I was a piece of meat. I was shouting 'get the baby out' and she literally just cut her out of me."

The panel heard that Mrs Anderson's bowel was permanently damaged during the procedure and she has since had to have reconstructive surgery.

Her daughter, Daisy, now suffers from Erb's palsy, a condition which causes paralysis in the arm because nerves had been severed when she was born.



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