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Midwife Accused Of Inadequate Care

Tuesday September 2 2014


Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital


A MIDWIFE has been accused of providing inadequate care to a pregnant woman at Barnsley Hospital.

Maria Anne Ellis - who has now resigned - allegedly failed to monitor the baby's heartbeat during labour and did not ask for help when she was unable to deliver.

At a hearing in London, the panel heard Mrs Ellis had been a midwife for more than 28 years and joined Barnsley Hospital in November 1984.

On May 10, 2012, her patient had undergone induction of labour in the morning and requested a bath.

She went into the final stages of labour while in the bath and was unable to get out. Mrs Ellis and two colleagues delivered the baby in the bath at 6.46pm.

There were no records of examinations and no recording of the baby's heartbeat for almost three hours.

A spokesman for Barnsley Hospital said: "Although no harm came to the baby as a result of the incident in question, we would like to apologise for any distress that these events caused the family.

"We will be taking the results of the hearing very seriously and will take on board any recommendations that are made to us to minimise the chances of any similar incidents happening again."

The case has been adjourned and is expected to resume on September 17.

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Reply Posted by ... on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 13:06
My daughter was born early hours of this day. Im glad the mother and baby are all fine x

Reply Posted by A paramedic on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 13:43
If a ambulance is called to a birth where the mother has started labour suddenly at home, midwifes now refuse to come out leaving the ambulance staff to deliver the baby treat both mother and baby and then transport to hospital.
A midwife gets 3 years of training a paramedic gets approx 8 weeks of training on maternity.
We are compitent in delivering and administrating and clinical needs but not as qualified as a midwife.
In my experience most mothers did not need to travel to hospital after a home birth but now they all have to go to hospital

Reply Posted by Kirsty on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 14:00
My last baby was born really quickly at home and my midwife didn't even answer my call! Luckily I'd had him before the paramedics arrived and I bled a lot after so had to be taken to hospital! I don't think it's fair that a paramedic with less training is left to do all there work after all it's the midwifes job and what there paid for!! I was asked once if I was ok all the time I was in hospital x

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 14:08
After 28 years of delivering babes, this is sad story, this midwife must have been excellent at her job. I do have sympathy with her. I imagine she feels terrible. Glad all ended well.

Reply Posted by Jo on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 14:21
Unfortunately Midwives are stretched to the limit at present with too many Women to care for. Mostly they do an excellent job. However human beings vary and not everyone is suited to the role. Also birth can be much more complicated than is often communicated which can cause Mum's not to know when they need to seek help.

Reply Posted by laura on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 14:41
Well I cannot fault the safe delivery recently of my twin girls. The care was second to none from all the midwives, hcas and auxiliaries.

Reply Posted by Paramedic on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 15:02
Jo, the ambulance arrive is not also stretched to the limit ?
We have to deal with everything from births to deaths people having MI's CVA's road traffic collisions, mental health problems ect ect
The decisions to send not send out midwifes to unexpected home births is ludicrous ! I can not say is a disaster waiting to happens as I know of a case with devastating circumstances and I'm sure if midwifes had been sent there may have been a very different outcome

Reply Posted by Sarah on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 15:06
I went to hospital my eaters had broken I thought I was in labour after been examined by the nurse on the maternity unit I was sent home and told I was no where near ready to give birth.
I hadn't been in the house 30 mins when I had to call the ambulance a paramedic on a car came first followed by two more ambulances. My baby boy was born very quickly and very health. Thank you to the ambulance staff, I did get taken to hospital because they said that's what they had to do, great job done by the paramedics thank guy shame in the midwifes

Reply Posted by mrs allatt on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 15:25
I cant fault the midwives and staff on maternity at BDGH. Very helpful and when my little girls shoulders got stuck ive never seen as many staff come to help. I felt very safe and confident in their abilities xx

Reply Posted by Mum on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 16:24
Never a problem with all four of my deliveries!
All healthy and happy, and the staff were fab!
(Except the very pushy breast feeding support worker, who was soon replaced with a nicer one )

Reply Posted by zara on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 17:30
My birth with my first was brilliant they even helped me find confidence as I dernt touch her in case I broke her , they go abouve & beyond in there,my second I came across one lady who had to insert a pessery got quite cross with me as I was crying because it hurt , the other midwives soon settled me down & sorted the lady / doctor out as it wasn't my fault and also apologized for her behaviour . I think they deserve a medal up there I really do .....

Reply Posted by Helen on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 18:03
Glad to see so many positive stories on her not just bad ones. I had a great experience at barnsley hospital with my little girl too. We all make mistakes at work, but we dont all choose professions where life and death is a reality. I would love to be a midwife, the only thing holding me back is the "what if" anything went wrong. Well done too all the midwives out there who work hard for our babies before, during and after birth!

Reply Posted by Shelley on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 19:13
I can only speak highly of the midwives at Barnsley. I've got 3 children and my last was an unexpected homebirth. The paramedics came and took me and my baby into the hospital (I'd delivered him myself after 20 minutes of labour start to finish!). They said they couldn't send a midwife cos they were too short staffed and but they'd check me in to be checked over. I've always had really good care and have had quite complicated pregnancies. I struggled with breastfeeding with my first and the midwives really supported me and helped my baby get off to the best start when I felt like giving up. I can't speak highly enough of the care I've been given at such a scary time.

Reply Posted by Oliver CromwelI on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 19:48
Things do go wrong complacency, errors, over worked, short staffed, it's when things do go wrong we have to bring it out in the open and rectify the mistakes. I am glad this midwife has not been pilloried on this post by people posting, after 28yrs in a career that sometimes must have put great pressure on her at times who are we to judge let the enquiry take its course

Reply Posted by jo on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 19:52
I am a statistic. I am one of the 17 who have a still birth or neonatal loss every day. I don't blame the midwives who looked after me. I blame a system overstretched cutting corners which is not helping women and babies. I wasn't my midwives fault my baby died. I thank her from the bottom of my heart for giving me a precious day and half with my baby. Without her I wouldn't have even had that.

Reply Posted by I know on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 19:58
There's no smoke without fire...

Reply Posted by Guy Fawkes on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 21:24
@iknow it's people like your self who judge before you know the full story or evidence you may be right but isn't 28yrs of fetching life into this world deserve a little respect.

Reply Posted by I know on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 21:40
I know the full story thank you. Perhaps you shouldn't judge before knowing the full story "yourself"??

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 21:48
that told you guy or guido fawkes.

Reply Posted by Observer on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 22:49
@iknow so you will probably be called at the enquiry then I don't think

Reply Posted by observer on Tuesday September 2 2014 at 22:54
im many alias do you have guido

Reply Posted by sally on Wednesday September 3 2014 at 02:16
I have 2 beautiful children both delivered in Barnsley hospital!! Excellent both times, 1st took 12 hours!! 2nd 13 minutes!! The midwives were fantastic, cant praise them enough, Jo, my heart goes out to you. (((hugs))). Xxx

Reply Posted by toni on Wednesday September 3 2014 at 07:42
Midwifes r brill but they r over stretched glad baby arrived safe was right for inquest tho cos there b a wot If hope no 1 gets left without bein monitored in future

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday September 3 2014 at 14:54
My baby was dropped at birth due to 1 of the midwives not wanting to touch him because it would result in more paperwork and she was going off shift!

Reply Posted by That's a laugh on Wednesday September 3 2014 at 17:17
Anon are you sure you was not the one that landed on your head.

Reply Posted by lyndsey on Wednesday September 3 2014 at 22:29
I have had 2 baby girls at this hospital both at seperate times the youngest complications with her heart rate from day 1 xx all the mat staff where amazing with both girls and i would gladly have a thousand more babies here. Y wud u even complain if your labour / birth and mainly baby was fine and healthy. 1 reason bloodybgreed n compo

Reply Posted by mum of 5 on Friday September 5 2014 at 09:17
Some of these comments are slamming midwives for not going with paramedics sorry but thats prolly what they have been told to do!! Its not because they dont care or cant be arsed.. so shame on you! Iv never had a single problem with the midwives at barnsley!!! There awesome

Reply Posted by Mum on Friday September 5 2014 at 09:45
I was induced at Barnsley..the midwife set the drip up at the wrong rate and was shouting at me as I was screaming in pain, it wasnt noticed until 2 hrs later by another midwife coming on shift. I then was given an epidural I was in so much pain, the epidural caused nerve damage to my leg Years later I still have no use in it. I know not to blame midwives in general for this as it was one woman who was to blame, when I had my other children the midwives were wonderful but due to that experience I did go to another hospital.

Reply Posted by ada on Friday September 5 2014 at 09:59
Ave got too wonderfull kids, got to say with my heart the Barnsley midwifes and the staff where fantasic when they looked after my kids, once again a big thank u

Reply Posted by Wowzer on Friday September 5 2014 at 10:07
Mum of 5 who need to buy a TV or get a hobby 5 kids !!

Reply Posted by cheryl on Friday September 5 2014 at 11:32
@wowzer what has it got to do with you how many kids the lady has? Think its you that needs to get yourself a hobby and not judge other people!

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday September 12 2014 at 10:49
@Anon - My baby was dropped at birth due to 1 of the midwives not wanting to touch him because it would result in more paperwork and she was going off shift!

I take it you took legal action?!!!!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Friday September 12 2014 at 11:50
Kilkenny - are you sure you wasn,t drop on your head, you sound a bit backward!!!