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Midwife Struck Off After Mum Bled To Death Following Home Birth

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Independent midwife struck off after mum bleeds to death

An independent midwife has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council after a new mum bled to death following a home birth.

Rosemary Kacary was said to have 'ripped out the insides' of Claire Teague when she tugged her placenta six or seven times after the birth of her baby son, Harrison, in 2010.

Get Reading reports that the 'bungling midwife' made a 'catalogue of errors' which resulted in Mrs Teague of Woodley, Berkshire, dying hours after the home birth.

The tribunal heard that Kacary failed to extract the whole of Mrs Teague's placenta and left a third of it inside the 'distraught' mum.

Claire and her husband Simon had elected to have a home birth with an independent midwife after they were dissatisfied with the medical staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital where they had lost a baby twin girl the previous year. Baby Amy died after Mrs Teague had a problematic caesarean birth in 2009.

The hearing was told that despite knowing Claire was high risk, Kacary sat texting at the end of her bed as she began to bleed to death.

The midwife – who had charged Mrs Teague £3,000 for her services - offered her an ice lolly to cool her down when she complained of feeling hot and uncomfortable instead of phoning for an ambulance.

Mrs Kacary then went home and returned only when Simon texted her to say his wife was really ill.

Claire was taken to hospital, but died the next day.

Kacary was struck off on Friday following an NMC misconduct and competence hearing. She did not attend the proceedings.

The panel had earlier found her guilty of misconduct and that her fitness to practice was impaired. The panel proved charges that she failed to highlight the risk factors to Mrs Teague of a home birth, and that she did not manage the third stage of labour. Allegations that she failed to undertake a thorough examination of the placenta were also proved.

Kacary had at the time recently completed a developmental course after another client complained about her treatment in 2009. She later left midwifery in an attempt to avoid having to appear before the NMC.

She had faced other charges of inadequate care towards a patient including failing to provide appropriate pain relief, leaving an unsheathed needle on a sofa, and sending numerous texts and emails chasing payment.

Kacary had denied all the allegations put to her.

NMC panel chairman Edward Lucas said her behaviour was 'wholly unprofessional and unacceptable'.

"Given the nature of the misconduct found, the panel has concluded that confidence in the profession and its regulator would be undermined if Mrs Kacary were to remain on the register," he said.

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