Clinical incident during birth

(as the patient),

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About: Broome Health Campus / Maternity/Midwifery

I elected to be part of the Midwife Group Program (MGP) at Broome Hospital and allocated a midwife for the duration of my pregnancy. I went into labour early last month and as part of my birth plan chose to have a natural birth and had intended to deliver the placenta via physiological rather than active means.

After the birth of my baby, my allocated MGP midwife whom I believed was in charge of my care asked if I would like the syntocinon injection to birth the placenta to which I advised I would like to wait and try to birth it naturally. I then heard a voice behind me from a nurse who stated they had already given me the injection. I was shocked as I had not given consent for this intervention and did not even realise this had happened to my body as I didn’t notice this person administer it.

Unfortunately, the active management was unsuccessful and I incurred a bleed, losing approximately 2 litres of blood and required a manual removal in theatre. The result of the nurse giving me the injection meant the active third stage needs to happen quickly and the result was I was rushed to theatre and missed valuable bonding time and skin on skin with my baby.

I was devastated by this outcome and felt disappointed and confused that such a thing could happen. I advised my MGP midwife that I would be making a formal complaint and the midwife informed me that they would complete an internal incident report as they agreed this was not best practice. I wish to draw your attention to this so that it does not happen to other women.

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Response from Wendy McKinley, Operations Manager, Broome Hospital

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Dear Broomebirth

Thank you for raising this with us. I imagine life is quite busy these days so I appreciate that you took the time.

I have already spoken with Helen Fullarton, the Coordinator Nursing and Midwifery here at Broome.

Helen is reviewing your case and would love to speak with you (and your Doula, if you wish) to work through what occurred and see how we could have done things differently, as we don't want anyone else to have this same experience.

Helen is contactable on 0408 913 638 or email helen.fullarton@health.wa.gov.au and is keen to hear from you.

Alternatively, you are very welcome to contact me on 0417 987 724 or wendy.mckinley@health.wa.gov.au

I hope all is well with yourself bub and that you are both settling back in at home.

Thanks again for posting. We hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely

Wendy

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Response from Wendy McKinley, Operations Manager, Broome Hospital

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Dear Broomebirth

Since posting my response to you, I have been reflecting on your story and have realised that I have not really acknowledged your own experience; I’ve just gone straight to ‘let’s fix this’. I am genuinely sorry that I did this.

I should have said that it is not acceptable that you were administered a medication without your consent and that this should not have happened. Having a baby is such a precious time that lives with you forever and you want to be able to look back with positive memories.

Please do contact Helen or myself, as we would really like to speak with you and listen and learn from what happened to you so that it does not happen to anyone else.

Sincerely

Wendy

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