12 Jun 2019

State of maternity care in NZ 'appalling' - midwives supporters

From Morning Report, 7:14 am on 12 June 2019

A Wanaka midwives support group says the Southern District Health Board is wrong to say a woman who gave birth on an office floor could instead have used a room in a medical centre based in the same building.

Kristi James had planned to have her baby at Dunedin Hospital but went into early labour last week.

The only facility able to handle a delivery in Wanaka is the medical centre, but it was closed, and Ms James gave birth in her midwife's office.

On Tuesday Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming told Lisa Owen on Checkpoint that Ms James and her midwife Deb Harvey in fact had access to a "procedure room" in the Medical Centre.

Kimberley Davis, from the group Save Our Wanaka Midwives tells Susie Ferguson that is not true.