Recent reports have revealed that an investigation has been launched in a case where a baby boy died, despite being rushed to hospital, after there were major problems during the home-birth.
Coroner Kim Parkinson stated that she would be taking into consideration all major events that are related to the death of the baby, Joseph Thurgood-Gates. He died in December 2010 at Monash Medical Centre.
Ms. Parkinson told Coroners Court: “Whilst this is an inquest and not an inquiry into home-birthing in general, the issue of birthing arrangements and management in this case will necessarily be considered”.
She asserted that the major emphasis will be made on events that surrounded the delivery of the baby and those post-delivery that is at the hospital.
Leading Senior Constable Tania Cristiano affirmed that Kate Thurgood fell pregnant in March 2010
On December 13, 2010, Kate went to Monash Medical Centre; she was informed to be bleeding heavily. Scans were done by obstetrician Dr Peter Neal and it was stated that the condition of both the baby and placenta was fine, except that the baby position was not ok.
Kate was suggested a caesarian, but she refused. Almost three days after she went into labor and midwife was called. However, as situation intensified another midwife was called for assistance. After which Kate was immediately rushed to hospital, but the baby was declared born dead.
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