Morphine 'helped kill new mother Petah Kimm'

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A WOMAN who was left unattended for two hours after giving birth in a Sydney hospital was found dead with a high level of morphine ...

Petah Kimm died in June 2006, when her blood pressure suddenly dropped just hours after giving birth by caesarean section at Nepean Hospital ...

... a medical emergency team was not called when Ms Kimm's blood pressure dropped ...

... nobody had checked on Ms Kimm until two hours later, when she was already dead.

A student midwife, who had checked on Ms Kimm, had failed to notify an experienced nurse when her blood pressure dropped, the investigation found.

Nurses were also concerned about the amount of blood Ms Kimm had lost during childbirth.

Anaesthetic nurse Denise Johnston and 'scrub scout' Rebecca Roseby both gave evidence that they noticed a "significant" amount of blood ... when they were transferring her from the operating theatre to the bed.

... She had raised her concerns with Dr Ralph Nader, who had told her it was not a concern ...

... she died from soft-tissue haemorrhage after the caesarean birth, and that morphine toxicity might have been a significant contributing factor.

... doctors would give evidence that the amount of morphine injected "seemed to be sufficient ... in the resulting of her death".

... Ms Kimm's blood pressure had dropped to a low level on four occasions.

Stay safe: birth at home wherever possible. You will have one-to-one care from a known midwife and eliminate the risks of having several care providers, each providing parts of your care. Birth is an holistic experience that demands the holistic care that a private midwife can provide. The above story demonstrates exactly what happens when multiple care providers are providing care to a woman they do not know. Add staff shortages, inexperienced staff, possible inadequate supervision of the student midwife (where was the supervising midwife? Why was the student midwife left to report to a nurse?) and lack of due concern to the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448