10 Aug 2008

Midwife found guilty of professional misconduct

10:55 am on 10 August 2008

A registered midwife in Auckland has been found guilty of professional misconduct over the care of a patient whose baby was stillborn.

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal says Bala Naidu failed to record her client's blood pressure at any point during the labour in August 2005, nor did she adequately monitor the woman's pain or the baby's heart rate.

The midwife also admitted to making later alterations to records.

The tribunal has ordered Ms Naidu to undergo an 18-month period of training and supervision, and has limited her caseload.

She has been ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and costs of $1500.