12 Mar 2009

Midwife found guilty of professional misconduct

9:55 pm on 12 March 2009

A central Otago midwife has been found guilty of professional misconduct after she tried to broker a private adoption deal between a patient and a member of her own family.

She has been granted permanent name suppression.

The Midwifery Council tribunal hearing found that the midwife, known as Ms N, initiated, promoted and managed the adoption deal, while ignoring the best interests of the pregnant woman between November 2006 and January 2007.

She has been ordered to undertake supervision for 18 months, pay 40% of the tribunal's costs and undertake a skills course.

The tribunal chair Bruce Corkill QC says his reason for granting permanent name suppression was to maintain the integrity of other non-publication orders surrounding those at the centre of the adoption deal.

The tribunal also recommended the Midwifery Council undertake a standards review of Ms N's practice annually for next three years, instead of biannually.