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Wanaka midwives support group rejects DHB’s claims over office birth

12 June 2019 Radio New Zealand

A Wanaka midwives support group have rejected Southern DHB’s claims a woman who gave birth on an office floor had access to a procedure room in a medical centre next door.

The DHB’s chief executive Chris Fleming told Checkpoint tonight the woman would have had access to an interim maternity hub in the building, but a community group supporting Wanaka midwives say the medical centre was closed and it was too late to move her without a stretcher.

Kristi James, who gave birth to her son Makai last Thursday, had planned to have her second child at Dunedin Hospital but went into early labour. Ms James said professionals had told her Dunedin was the safest place to be.

“Once I realised it was all happening so quickly, I did panic a little bit and start thinking ‘what’s going to happen? What if I do need to see a doctor or have another c-section?’

She said she ran through all the worst-case scenarios in her head.

“As soon as I turned up at the midwives’ office, I looked at them and just said ‘what am I going to do’?”

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