Topic: Native Affairs

Native Affairs - Stillbirth

updated By Renee Kahukura-Iosefa
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

This Native Affairs story comes with a warning because It covers a very sensitive kaupapa.

Henrietta Turner was 38 weeks pregnant with her second child, when she was told he had died. Henrietta had planned a caesarean section. But when the baby died the C-section was cancelled and Henrietta had to deliver naturally. What happened next has led to a complaint being  laid with the Health and Disability Commissioner - and an inquiry conducted by the Waikato Hospital.

The Waikato District Health Board delivered its official report to Henrietta on Monday the 21st of March 2016.

It accepts that the delivery was traumatic, but it points out that Henrietta was a high risk pregnancy, due to obesity, Type-2 diabetes and smoking.

The review acknowledges Henrietta’s pain relief could have been better and that she requested a Caesarean section but consented to the drugs that induce labour.

But the review also questions whether this was informed consent?

The board is now awaiting the outcome of the Health and Disability Commissioners view on this matter.

Meanwhile it’s recommended a review of pain relief for women and closer monitoring.

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