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Here’s where you can catch up on news reports, articles or news we think you need to hear.

If you hear of or see other news stories that you think we should be including, please email us and send us the link and we’ll add them here for everyone to see.

 

CTG not read properly nor acted upon, medications questioned. Another needless death – 4 May 2015

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11443039

 

Waikato Maori Health adopt the good start from the Finnish – 20 April 2015

http://www.waikatodhbnewsroom.co.nz/2015/04/20/waikato-maori-health-first-to-adopt-finland-model/

 

Another AIM family has their case verified as preventable – 20 April 2015

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11435558

 

Midwife admits failings in Baby Adam Barlow death – 16 April 2015

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11433639

 

Transfer rates acquired by OIA to DHB – 18 March 2015

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11419012

 

Related to the two links below, Jenn challenges Midwifery Council re publishing all former names of midwives – 24 March 2015

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/67485494/Honesty-box-system-for-choice-of-midwife-criticised

 

‘Sub-optimal’ midwife practises under different name – 19 March 2015

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/67440701/Sub-optimal-midwife-still-working-under-new-name

 

Another family let down by their LMC and put through needless suffering and potential danger- 17 March 2015

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/67420640/Reprimand-for-midwife-over-teens-birth-care

 

Hospital refused to scan – 14 March 2015

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11417016

 

Jenn on Radio Live up against Midwifery Council rep – 8 February 2015

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20166950/coroner%27s-report-backs-up-campaign-for-better-midwifery-care

 

Full service petrol station! – 5 February 2015

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/65807873/Baby-born-at-Mt-Maunganui-petrol-station

 

Deflect. Defend. Deny – 2 February 2015

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/265053/critical-midwife-report-%27ignored-intimidation%27

 

The long awaited Coronial recommendations – 31 January 2015

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/65621504/mum-and-baby-deaths-coroner-slams-midwife

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11394416

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/264953/coroner-critical-of-midwifery-training

 

Whilst we have many AIM families that would have benefited from more scans, we are yet to meet a family that has been harmed by having too many – 25 January 2015

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/65390905/Pregnancy-scans-inquiry

 

Another of AIMs hard working families has achieved a win through the courts this week. Sadly it’s another case of a hurt family forced to battle to get what they are entitled to – 14 January 2015 http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64920916/penny-hoare-wins-battle-with-acc-ov

 

Choice without full information is not true choice – 8 December 2014

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11370837

 

Social media mishap by midwife – 3 December 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/63799280/Midwife-goes-silent-on-big-baby

 

A small but not flawless step in the right direction – 24 November 2014

http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/dhbs-roll-out-new-national-maternity-it-system

 

Modern medicine and science creating miracles – 3 October 2014

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/832827?src=wnl_edit_newsal

 

Fully informed? – 27 August 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/10426972/Mother-unaware-of-danger-during-birth

 

Yet another family that AIM is supporting with yet another catalogue of errors – 18 August 2014

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11310582

 

More from the case released today, this time from the family themselves – 18 August 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/10395701/HDC-botched-birth-preventable

 

An article made up almost entirely of quotes from the story shared by Shalom’s Mum on AIM’s website – 7 August 2014

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11305052

 

Two more needless tragedies have been outlined this week within HDC reports – 5 August 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11303935

 

Exciting news for those with disabled children that have struggled to do the basic chore of household shopping – 16 July 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11294418

 

Another cluster of shocking needless tragedies detailed in the article below – 8 July 2014

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2014/july-2014/08/first-year-midwifery-supervision-queried-after-two-critical-hdc-reports.aspx

 

A truly horrific experience for this Taupo family – 4 July 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/10230498/Mum-told-shes-miscarried-gives-birth

 

A home birth gone wrong that once again holds many of AIM’s commonly occurring ‘red flags’ – 30 June 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/10215867/No-oxygen-available-at-botched-home-birth

 

Study finds multivitamins linked to fetal death – 24 June 2014

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24453235

 

Another needlessly hurt family – 16 June 2014

http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/doctor-told-to-apologise-to-dead-babys-mum-2014061615#axzz3Zp94E5tV

 

Claims babies lives at risk – 9 June 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11270335

 

Climate change an apparent priority for NZCOM – 5 June 2014

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1406/S00052/midwives-call-for-urgent-climate-action.htm

 

A small article regarding Charley’s Sunday program – 23 May 2014

http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/charley-s-family-say-thanks-5979654

 

Charley’s Sunday program – 18 May 2014

http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/charley-girl-video-5974811

 

“…there was a very serious failure of a very basic monitoring requirement.” “This case will stand as another example of the kind of performance that we do not expect and cannot tolerate.” Radio interview with Health and Disability Commissioner regarding Axton’s case – 19 May 2014

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20140519-1719-commissioner_refers_midwife_for_possible_legal_action-00.ogg

 

Another of AIM’s families – 19 May 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11257319

 

A Dutch opinion piece on their maternity system. As you read this piece, remember that home births and birthing unit births are near equal in the level of care they offer NZ women, being primary care – 2 May 2014

http://www.dutchnews.nl/features/2014/05/home_births_let_the_gynaecolog/

 

Uncertified midwife continued to practise – 22 April 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9966528/Uncertified-midwife-continued-to-practise

 

“Fear of offending women has emerged as a reason some aren’t asked to stand on the scales, despite guidelines recommending that every pregnant woman be weighed.” – 11 April 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11236091

 

Another of AIM’s families – 8 April 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9914577/DHB-doctor-at-fault-for-harm-to-baby-at-birth

 

The resulting from the postnatal psychosis case – 26 March 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11225615

 

Another sad maternal death and another family left feeling empty and let down – 25 March 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11225615

 

Native Affairs article regarding the tragic Nathan-Tukiri deaths – aired 17 March 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RDHtqluLUY

 

Brain Injury Awareness Week offers hope for the future – 10 March 2014

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11216783

 

“Hospital overcrowding, workplace rivalries, midwife shortages and poor care for at-risk women were all highlighted…” – 17 February 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9731734/Pregnant-women-neglect-unacceptable

 

Two articles related to the first day in Coroner’s Court for the Nathan-Tukiri Inquest and showing some of AIM’s role in it – 17 February 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9731678/New-mum-knew-she-would-die

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/inquest-told-pregnant-woman-s-death-fears-5839016

 

Teen Mum required surgery after midwifery ‘care’ from a newly graduated young midwife – 3 September 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9120526/Midwife-fails-teen-mother-report

 

Many of AIM’s common warning signs can be found in this tragic story – and, sadly, so many others. 19 August, 2013

http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=172226&fm=psp,tsf

 

Hospital found responsible for severe disablement of new mother – Stuff, 21 July 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8944708/Brain-damaged-mum-wins-compo-fight

 

Outbreak of Whooping Cough worsening in Dunedin, with levels higher than usual nationwide – Otago Daily Times, 21 July 2013

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/265458/whooping-cough-rise

 

Two midwives found at fault for baby’s death – NZ Herald, 8 July 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10895573

 

The dates are set for the Huntly Birthcare/Nathan-Tukiri case – NZ Herald, 5 July 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10894851

 

Resuscitation skills found to be lacking – NZ Newswire, 16 June 2013

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/17625362/staff-blamed-for-16-oxygen-starved-babies/

 

Midewife found to have failed in care of baby – 24 June 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8835030/Midwife-fails-in-baby-care

 

AIM’s take on the 7th PMMRC report – 13 June 2013

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1306/S00048/births-no-safer-for-kiwi-mothers-and-babies.htm

 

A great start from the Finnish – BBC News, 4 June 2013

http://www.essentiahealth.org/main/termsofuse.aspx

 

Another independent midwife found guilty of misconduct – NZ Herald, 23 May 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10885589

 

“There appears to have been lost to the community an appreciation that childbirth has inherent and unpredictable risk.” ABC News, Australia -10 May 2013

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-10/misguided-mothers-homne-birth-tragedy/4681946

 

30th out of 34 developed world countries for the high number of maternal deaths. Leading the world with our maternity services? NZ Herald – 7 May, 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/pregnancy-and-childbirth/news/article.cfm?c_id=1500859&objectid=10882149

 

AIM’s Letter to the Editor in response to NZCOM statement. Waikato Times – 01 May, 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/opinion/letters/8618602/We-want-the-best-for-every-mother-and-every-baby

 

NZCOM statement regarding the Waikato Times Article that named one of the midwives involved in the death of a mother and baby out of Huntly Birthcare – 27 April, 2013

http://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=103741

 

Midwife quits after providing poor care. NZ Herald – 22 April 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10879067

 

Midwives least likely health professionals to be immunised against flu. NZ Herald – 24 March 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10873179

 

Another family let down by our midwifery-led system. NZ Herald – 18 March 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10872039

 

Long distance transfers for vunerable families – 13 March, 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8416783/Waikato-mums-to-be-sent-to-Invercargill

 

More evidence of poor data collection. “The problem remains hidden, and under-reported, because of the way foetal trauma is coded in vital statistics and the lack of pregnancy status recorded in crash and injury surveillance systems.” NZ Herald – 12 March 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10870779

 

AIM supports families, regardless of what their needs might be – NZ Herald, 10 March, 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10870270

 

Two recent Waikato baby deaths to be investigated by the HDC after Coroner and ACC processes deem both preventable – Waikato Times, 5 March, 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8380952/Commissioner-to-investigate-baby-deaths

 

Jenn on a NZ based Chinese TV, complete with subtitles, though not in English! February 28, 2013

http://www.istars.co.nz/article-84863-1.html

 

Huge case surrounding the “horrific” tear from Queenstown – 19, 21, 22 February, 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10866298

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/court/8334781/Charges-against-midwife-dismissed

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/246760/mum-stunned-midwife-cleared

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8344081/Childbirth-system-not-delivering

 

Lowest rate of infant deaths but also the slowest rate in improvement… “Long-term trends show that the infant mortality rate has decreased more slowly in the last decade than in previous eras,” Statistics New Zealand said. One News – 19 February 2013

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/infant-death-rate-record-low-statistics-nz-reveals-5345352

 

HDC deem another baby death preventable – 4 February, 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8261254/Hospital-and-midwives-criticised-over-baby-death

 

A home birth goes wrong in Australia – The Telegraph, 26 January, 2013

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9523610/Mother-brainwashed-over-home-birth-dies.html

 

A ‘bad call’ leads to another baby death – NZ Herald, 17 January, 2013

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10859821

 

Three brain injured babies in ACC’s top ten most costly cases – 2 January, 2013

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8135122/Treatment-injury-claims-cost-ACC-61m

 

Ever wondered what it might be like to care – and grieve – for a severely disabled child? – By Julie Keon

http://www.whatiwouldtellyou.com/

 

More on Paige’s UK battle for ACC – TVNZ, 6 January, 2013

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/disabled-girl-s-long-flights-acc-payments-5312915/video

 

The UK aims at transparency with care provider ratings – The Guardian, 29 December, 2012

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/dec/30/mothers-childbirth-care-quality-feedback?CMP=twt_gu

 

Two stories on another systemic maternity-related  failing – NZ Herald, 19 December, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10854975

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10855225

 

More on the deaths of Casey and Kymani Nathan-Tukiri – Waikato Times, 15 December, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8083416/Why-did-mum-and-baby-die

 

More staff recommendaed at Waikato, plus Melanie’s story – Waikato Times, 1 December, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8021967/Remove-midwives-from-theatre-says-panel

 

An American blogger on ‘broken’ women – 24 November, 2012

http://thewildmidwest.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/its-ok-to-be-broken/

 

An Australian opinion on the where’s and how’s of childbirth

http://www.pregnancy.com.au/resources/birth-stories/vbac_stories/why-does-it-matter-where-and-how-women-give-birth.shtml?fb_action_ids=10151359669970739&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210151359669970739%22%3A140051386139332}&action_type_map={%2210151359669970739%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map

 

‘Natural’ vs other birth methods – UK Mail Online, 21 November, 2012

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2236535/Is-NHSs-obsession-doctor-free-births-putting-babies-risk.html

 

Action finally urged for Counties Manukau – NZ Herald, 15 November, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7933263/Review-into-caesarean-births

 

Concern about the c-section rates, but is it warranted? – Sunday Star Times, 12 November, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7933263/Review-into-caesarean-births

 

Clinical Indicator data released. See AIM’s view in the comments below article – Waikato Times, 30 October, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/7879290/Birth-on-a-natural-high-in-Waikato

 

Yet another call for integrated care – Waikato Times, 11 Ovtober, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/7800039/Midwives-let-families-down-GP

 

Perhaps we could learn from the UK? – BBC Nwes, 26 September, 2012

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-19732329

 

Apology for errors leading to baby death – NZ Herald, 19 September, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10834930

 

‘Safety’ of baby in a different way – NZ Herald, 15 September, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10834156

 

The ‘sisterhood’ of motherhood – Opinion piece, 14 September, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/7679512/MILS-Mothers-I-d-like-to-Slap

 

An Australian opinion piece regarding Home Birth – 9 September, 2012

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/no-mother-or-unborn-child-deserves-the-risk-of-a-home-birth-20120908-25l5d.html#ixzz25y12zO5f

 

Great information regarding baby movements from RCOG in the UK

http://www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/Your%20Baby%27s%20Movements%20in%20Pregnancy_0.pdf

 

A step in the right direction re bottle vs breast – Sunday Star Times, 9 September, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7641212/Breastapo-claims-create-climbdown

 

System goes against Right to be Fully Informed – Waiikato Times, 4 September, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7604776/Midwifes-failures-left-off-record

 

NZCOM complaint  against media not upheld – Waikato Times, 30 August, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/7575674/Midwives-complaint-not-upheld

 

Bottle feeding mothers treated diferently in hospital – 29 August, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7567080/Bottlefeeding-mums-react-against-meal-rules

And it’s follow up in one DHB:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7604981/All-mothers-of-sick-babies-to-be-fed

 

Breast is best, but bottle will do – 26th and 28th August, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7549276/They-make-you-feel-like-a-bad-mother

http://mobile.news.com.au/breaking-news/hardline-counsellor-slams-bottlefeeding/story-e6frfkp9-1226458040994

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7552033/Judged-mums-defend-bottle-feeding

 

Another baby death in Hawkes Bay – Radio NZ, 18 August, 2012

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/113599/answers-sought-over-death-of-baby

 

Like so many others, this case ticks off many of our Common Warning Signs – Radio NZ, 16 August, 2012

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/113349/multiple-errors-contributed-to-baby%27s-death

 

Baby death in Hawkes Bay – AIM speaks about the Coroner’s report – Radio Live, August 16 2012

 

A brave family tells their tale of grief – Native Affairs, 1 August, 2012

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=364756900261478

 

Research reveals new treatments for hypoxic babies – 28 July, 2012

http://www.worldwidehealth.com/health-article-New-groundbreaking-treatment-for-oxygendeprived-newborns.html

 

Information about safe sleeping not consistent – 23 July, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7331207/Inquest-begins-into-newborns-death

 

Hidden loss of Unborn a national tragedy – NZ Herald, July 8th, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10818055

 

Christchurch plans for new primary care unit discussed – The Press, July 5th, 7th & 8th, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7222943/Maternity-plan-sparks-concern

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7237435/Birth-unit-to-increase-options

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7230446/Birthing-unit-plan-prompts-concern

 

A birth injured child fights for ACC cover at home in the UK – NZ Herald, 27 June 2012
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10815727

 

Another needlessly hurt family searching for answers – NZ Herald, 26 June 2012
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/public-healthcare/news/article.cfm?c_id=294&objectid=10583111

 

Baby deaths dicussed in some detail – NZ Herald, 23 June, 2012
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10814952

 

Maternal suicides take the spotlight – again – but at the cost of more prevalent concerns? – 13 June, 2012
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7097689/Call-for-action-over-maternal-suicides

 

Sixth PMMRC report released – June 2012
http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/media/1759550/pmmrc_6threport_embargoed_to_5pm_weds_13_june_2012.pdf

 

A well-known NZ blogger recognises AIM’s vital work – 26 May, 2012
http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/taking-aim.html

 

TV One news coverage of double tragedy – 23 May, 2012
tvnz.co.nz/national-news/double-tragedy-baby-boy-dies-after-mother-4898089

 

Mythical ‘Cascade of intervention’? – 14 May, 2012
www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1205/S00056/no-cascade-of-intervention-in-scottish-births.htm

 

Another hit for women’s choice – NZ Herald, May 28th,2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10809313

 

AIM continues to voice concerns – NZ Herald, May 25, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10808305

 

AIM voices concerns, over three different news bulletins, regarding the latest Waikato maternity tragedy – Radio Live, May 24, 2012

 

Mother and baby both tragically lost to childbirth – Waikato Times, May 24, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/6975262/Birth-tragedy-takes-mum-and-son

 

AIM on Breakfast to discuss the Coroner’s findings and recommendations in the Adam Barlow case – TVNZ, May 9, 2012

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/midwifery-care-criticised-video-4873967

 

An example of why AIM wants full disclosure of practitioner complaints history – NZ Herald, April 1, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10795887

 

More concern regarding Whanganui changes, this time from midwives – Waikato Times, April 1, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/6673664/Midwives-warn-of-reform-dangers

 

Nurses voice their concern at increased risk for Whanganui families – NZ Herald, March 30, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10795574

 

VBAC not necessarily safest – NZ Herald, March 28, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10794988

 

Jenn talks on Breakfast about the survey of bereaved families, instigated for the first time EVER at AIM’s suggestion – TVNZ, March 15, 2012

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/state-our-maternity-services-video-4778203

 

AIM highlights dissatisfaction in Maternity Care Survey – Waikato Times, March 14, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/6571371/Mothers-find-fault-in-maternity-care

 

More recognition for AIM’s hard working founder and spokesperson – March 13, 2012

http://www.nzawards.org.nz/kiwi-local-hero/2012/waikato/

 

AIM’s first representation within a Guest Column – Waikato Times, March 13, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/opinion/6566102/Pregnancy-scans-a-vital-tool-for-health-of-mother-and-child

 

Fewer NZ women satisfied with pregnancy care – March 11, 2012

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1203/S00052/fewer-nz-women-satisfied-with-pregnancy-care.htm

 

Systemic failures blamed for baby’s death – NZ Herald, 5 March, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10789981&fb_source=message

 

Another devastating outcome due to lack of communication and poor communication – 28 February, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/6489778/Doctor-says-sorry-over-newborns-death

 

Another preventably heartbroken family – NZ Herald, 21 February, 2012

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10786909

 

Whanganui looking likely to loose obstetric services – NZ Doctor, February 8, 2012

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2012/february-2012/08/dhbs-to-consider-a-proposal-for-changes-to-maternity-services.aspx

 

Midwife being investigated for stealing medication – Dominion Post, January 21, 2012

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6291893/Midwife-admits-drug-addiction

 

Midwife criticised over baby death – Rotorua Daily Post, January 18, 2012

http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/goodbye-mother-denise-simpson-vogan-holds/1240210/?fb_ref=.TxTh7n7eiqQ.like%3B.TxTaaDcr3i4.like&fb_source=home_oneline

 

Maternity focus for award finalist

 

Kiwis know of caesarean risk

 

The first step is to hope the recommendations are made. The second is to hope they’re actioned. Sadly, so very many times, they are not. Wanganui Chronicle, 2 December 2011

http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/news/babys-death-may-spur-law-change/1195006/

 

Seven years have passed for this grieving family with resolution yet to come – 1 December 2011

http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/news/babys-tragic-death/1193670/

 

23 Nov 2011  “…the shift in today’s guidance, to formalise a woman’s right to choose a ceasarean, was in part justified by the change in scientific evidence about the relative risks of caesareans, which now suggests that overall the risks are similar to vaginal delivery.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2011/nov/23/health?fb=native

 

Mums REALLY being listened to in the UK!!! C-Sections being allowed as a choice – 23 Nov 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15840743

 

Mums REALLY being listened to in New South Wales!  – 20 Oct 2011

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/women-to-become-bosses-of-baby-movement-20111019-1m81e.html

 

West Coast without obstetric cover – October 12th, 2011

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=10758554

 

Mother recognised for maternity battle – 6 October 2011

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10756890

 

Is there an obession with natural childbirth? And at what cost?  UK Daily Mail, 4 Oct 2011

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2044875/Is-obsession-natural-birth-putting-mothers-babies-danger.html

 

A warning for “Baby Wearers” – 20 Sept 2011

http://www.3news.co.nz/Sling-warning-after-baby-death/tabid/423/articleID/226464/Default.aspx

 

” …a drive to persuade Chinese women to give birth in hospitals, rather than at home, had been hugely successful.”  Sept 16, 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8768481/China-dramatically-reduces-death-in-childbirth.html

 

Recognition for our Founding member and Spokesperson, Jenn Hooper – 11 Sept, 2011

http://www.mpa.org.nz/finalists-announced-for-the-2011-next-woman-of-the-year-awards/

 

AIM sees inadequacies in Referral Guidelines – August 22nd 2011

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1108/S00084/more-deaths-and-injuries-predicted.htm

 

Children’s Commissioner is ‘outraged’ and complains about N&S magazine mock-up cover picture but says nothing of the appauling (but true) content – 17 August 2011

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10745578

 

Dutch women abandon homebirth system ‘similar’ to NZ – August 7th 2011

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2011/august-2011/08/risk-of-death-induces-dutch-women-to-abandon-home-births.aspx

 

Jenn’s interview with Susan Wood – 30 July 2011.

 

 

Janine on Channel 9, Dunedin – July 29th 2011.  NOTE:  To clarify the facts, 14% of these babies died needlessly.  That’s 98 parents that took home an empty carseat.  A third of the 14 mothers that died were also preventable.  Neither this report of any other show the needless damages and disabilities left behind each year, but a few can be found in Our Stories and also in the Charley’s Angels slideshow on the homepage.

http://www.ch9.co.nz/node/15128

 

July 29th 2011 – Whilst we applaud the fact that maternity is becoming more of a priority, throwing money blindly at an as yet unseen target is not the answer.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/5358864/Birth-statistics-in-Waikato-alarming

 

A tick for better cohesion between the different skill sets – July 2011

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/5340767/Drop-in-caesareans-a-tick-for-midwives

 

Jenn discussing the North & South article on Newstalk ZB – July 14th 2011

 

 

North & South answers their critics – July 2011

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1107/S00130/hanging-babynorth-south-defends-controversial-cover-image.htm

 

July 2011 – It’s disappointing that the choice of cover picture can bring on more disgust and outrage than needlessly dead and disabled babies – shame on you NZCOM.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10738247

 

AIM and THE article from August’s issue of North & South magazine – FULL PDF VIEWABLE HERE:

http://publicaddress.net/assets/NS0811midwivesopener-1.pdf

 

Got a couple of minutes to spare?  Forward to 3 minutes 25 seconds for Jenn’s question to John Key – July 2011

http://youtu.be/2VKGeKSFPXU

 

AIMing at the top! – July 2011

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/5255946/PM-earns-comparison-with-Abe-Lincoln

 

A system that looks after it’s most vunerable? – May 2011

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/5051759/Luanas-tragic-tale

 

$54.5m to add to the $103.4m from 2009 (which is yet to materialise), yet still no full Perinatal Database – May 2011

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/159076/budget-deliver-parents-and-babies

 

“A baby in a growing twisted body” – April 2011

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/4922954/Help-for-helpless-Kurtis

 

An example of our “robust and reliable accountability system”? – April 2011

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/4895805/Third-suspension-for-midwife

 

The Lancet page which has all the articles and commentaries from the article below. After a simple registration process, the articles are able to be accessed in full and for free.

http://www.thelancet.com/series/stillbirth

 

NZ’s stillbirth rate amongst the highest in the developed world.  Stillbirths occur ten times more frequently than cot deaths, and that doesn’t include the damaged babies – April 2011

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=10719156

 

The launch of AIM – March 2011

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/4826654/Group-aims-to-make-maternity-services-safer

 

UN ‘staggered’ by NZ’s infant mortality rates – January 2011

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/child-abuse/news/article.cfm?c_id=146&objectid=10700895

 

“…midwives’ prescribing is some of the worst and they’re the hardest to track down” – Dec 2010

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2010/december-2010/15-december-2010/midwife-prescribing-under-scrutiny.aspx

 

The ‘Hooper’ petition – NZ Doctor, November 17,2010

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/in-print/2010/november-2010/17-november-2010/battle-lines-drawn-in-%27the-good-fight%27.aspx

 

“It’s a quality and safety issue” – Nov 2010

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/4392647/Health-Ministry-doesn-t-collect-home-birth-data

 

The funding for a second midwife at a homebirth is already paid out (whether they attend or not) – November 2010

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/4301071/Coroner-urges-backup-midwives

 

November 2010 – “NZ College of Midwives’ Nelson-Marlborough chairwoman Andrea Vincent said the college already recognised the need to have a second midwife present during a home birth. “There’s nothing new in that,” she said.” And yet, no-one ensures it happens. 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/4302561/Don-t-go-it-alone-midwives-told

 

Jenn mets Pippa Wetzel on Breakfast TV, celebrating the Health Select Committee Recommendations – October 2010

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/breakfast-tuesday-october-19-3840381/video

 

‘Invisible Babies’ Deaths Preventable – October 2010

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10680820&ref=rss

 

Waikato Times article regarding the latest PMMRC report on deaths of mothers and babies – October 2010

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4240111/Babies-deaths-may-be-avoidable

 

The latest report from the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee and makes for sobering reading.  You can read the full report here:

http://www.pmmrc.health.govt.nz

 

Mary Casey, Christchurch Midwife – Sept 2010

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4146828/Name-suppression-lifted-on-midwife

 

A similar system to what we have been lobbying towards since 2009 – August 2010, Australia

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/queenslands-mater-hospital-leads-way-on-e-health/story-e6frgakx-1225910776754

 

Another sad case of a lack of basic care – July 2010

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/3932452/Charlotte-eases-couples-pain

 

July 2010 – Let’s not confuse the Midwifery First Year in Practice with supervision and experience…

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/3953639/Minister-looks-at-midwife-training

 

The story of Adam Barlow – July 2010

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/birth-tragedy-highlights-midwifery-flaws-3656912

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8pSEUIlm9Y&feature=player_embedded (YT: A mother’s nightmare) (YT: A mother’s nightmare)

 

Medication error for newborn baby – July 2010

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/3880846/Newborn-given-drug-in-error

 

Article comparing Canterbury’s high C-section rate to Counties Manukau’s low one – July 2010

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/archive/canterbury/3963938/High-Canty-caesarean-rate-criticised

 

Article regarding Counties Manukau’s very high death rate for babies – March 2010

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/counties-manukau-dhb/news/article.cfm?o_id=48&objectid=10630254

 

“Without any experience, they are practising on people’s lives. It’s not safe.” – December 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/3168973/Del

 

Deaths of pregnant women preventable – Dominion Post, 21 November, 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/national/3084079/Deaths-of-pregnant-women-preventable

 

Jenn on Radio NZ soon after making our presentation to the Health Select Committee – Sept 2009

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/national/ckpt/2009/09/09/calls_for_urgent_review_of_maternity_system

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/national/ckpt/2009/09/09/groups_wants_urgent_review_of_maternity_services

 

A member of our network making her voice heard.   From Channel 9, Dunedin Television:

The mother of a Dunedin child affected by Cerebral Palsy that was caused due to complications and inadequate professional treatment at birth, is calling for a review of midwifery systems in New Zealand.

http://www.ch9.co.nz/content/review-midwifery-systems-new-zealand-connected-local-story

 

Jenn’s article in the Waikato Times

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/2905296/Mum-fights-good-fight-over-birthing-bungles

 

Interesting article out of Australia

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/birth-wars-rage-in-your-delivery-room/story-e6frezz0-1225767318901

 

Deanna and Timothy’s tragic story, featured in the Waikato Times late August, 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/2813410/Family-tragedy-must-spark-changes-mum

 

Dead baby’s family let go of fight – July 2009

http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/dead-babys-family-let-go-of-fight/1006394/

 

 

Jenn with James Coleman, Radio Live, Tuesday June 23 2009

 

 

 

The founding members go to Wellington, TVNZ One News, Monday 22 June 2009, meeting with Tony Ryall, Minister of Health

http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/lobby-group-urges-review-maternity-services-2793137/video

 

NZ Herald Article

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10580199

 

Christchurch Press Article

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2525023/Mums-petition-Govt-for-review

 

TV3 Article

http://www.3news.co.nz/News/Health/Mums-petition-for-review-of-maternity-sector/tabid/420/articleID/109667/Default.aspx?ArticleID=109667

 

TVNZ Article

http://tvnz.co.nz/health-news/call-maternity-system-inquiry-2789733

 

Charley’s story from 20-20, TVNZ, Thursday 16 April 2009

To watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCna0eCDAOU (YT: 20/20 – Charley’s Story) (YT: 20/20 – Charley’s Story)

To read:

http://tvnz.co.nz/20-20-news/coming-up-20-20-the-baby-business-2640313

 

Death of overdue baby, Midwife charged with professional misconduct – Article from March 2009

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10561754

 

Babies Stillborn As Signs Missed – March 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/1756588

 

“What we should all be trying to do is making sure these things don’t happen.  We all play a part in that” – Karen Guilliland, January 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/163678/Blame-not-answer-in-babys-death

 

Baby dies after early discharge – January 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/161154

 

“NZs maternity system is an ‘unfortunate experiment’ from which the rest of the world will learn” – January 2009

http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/another-unfortunate-experiment/

 

…in hospital, “the chances are the baby would have been rescued” – December 2008

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/763777

 

Newborn suffers brain damage due to lack of feeding support- November 2008

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/735288

 

October 2008 – Nothing has changed that would make this article any less relevant today

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/689295/Midwife-care-in-NZ-slated

 

“Without proper data, assurances that everything is satisfactory are meaningless” – October 2008

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/676275/Midwife-reporting

 

Care given to mother and child was “deficient in several respects” – October 2008

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10537438

 

Maternity services ‘on low priority’ – October 2008

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10536743

 

Mother scalded during labour – October 2008

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/673061

 

“…the coroner finds issues with the system, and they just disregard it” – July 2008

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/517796

 

“How many tragedies are there needed before there is action, and not just another report?” asks opposition health spokesman Tony Ryall – July 2008

http://www.3news.co.nz/Babys-death-the-result-of-midwife-incompetence—doctor/tabid/209/articleID/61680/Default.aspx

 

‘Divisions in Maternity Care’ – July 2008.  Is “risk-averse” for newborn babies really a bad thing?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/524566

 

An example of grieving families left without adequate support – June 2008

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10516253

 

A Huntly midwife responsible for a baby death, and a student mw quitting – 18 October, 2007

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/28015/Midwife-censured-after-baby-stillborn-in-Huntly

 

Grieving mother warns of Homebirth risks – July 2007

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/34293

 

Another family devastated by “a multi-system failure” – March 2006

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health-and-disability-commissioner/news/article.cfm?o_id=325&objectid=10373501

 

Delay leaves baby severely disabled – March 2006

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health-and-disability-commissioner/news/article.cfm?o_id=325&objectid=10372936

 

Tony Ryall’s opinion when he was in opposition certainly seems to differ when he is in office… Feb 2006

http://theyworkforyou.co.nz/portfolios/health/2006/feb/16/maternity_services

 

“How many more babies will die before the Government realises that the current system is flawed?” – Tony Ryall, Feb 2006

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health-and-disability-commissioner/news/article.cfm?o_id=325&objectid=10366919

 

Midwives’ “fear of medical intervention” led to access problems in hospitals – February 2006

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health-and-disability-commissioner/news/article.cfm?o_id=325&objectid=10367018

 

Home birth deaths prompt call for midwifery review – NZ Herald, November 2005

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10353880

 

Kahn’s story, as told on Sunday, TV One, 2004

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf0n6qxx7tQ

 

Differing accounts of cause of damaged baby after birthing pool birth – September 2003

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3523742

 

Tribunal rules couple can sue over baby’s death – November 2001

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=229517

 

Article regarding the death of a Wellington baby, NZ Herald – March 2001

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=177440

Red Flags

        RED FLAGS

  • Lack of monitoring
  • “Normalising” the abnormal
  • Lack of action/delay in getting emergency care
  • Going over due date
  • Failure to progress in labour
  • Meconium-stained liquor (waters)
  • Lengthy handover during emergency
  • Inconsistent reporting and documentation
  • Your concerns being ignored

    Click here to read more about common warning signs


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