A Quebec coroner has issued a series of recommendations for midwives to try to prevent another death of a newborn at a birthing center.
The incident happened at the Lac St-Louis birthing center in Pointe Claire June 21, 2011. The newborn girl suffocated during birth.The coroner found that it was prompted by the prolonged second stage of delivery. Catherine Rudel-Tessier also concluded that the midwives didn't seem to know how to react to the signs of lack of oxygen to the baby.
The coroner recommends reviewing procedures including resuscitation and protocols on when to go to the hospital, as well as having defibrillators on hand.
Marie-Ève St. Laurent, president of the Quebec Order of Mid-Wives, insists that the majority of recommendations are in place and that their practice remains a safe one.
"It was really an exception," St. Laurent told CJAD 800 News.
"It was a very tragic incident for the family but it shouldn't cast judgement on the whole of the profession."
St. Laurent said their own inquiry was incomplete because the mid-wife in charge of the delivery was on work leave and was not questioned. The Quebec Order of Mid-Wives does say that the assistant acknowledged she should have asked for another opinion on what to do at the time.