Midwife suspended after pregnant mother gives birth to unexpected twins at home
The mother, Brooke, whose surname was withheld, reportedly gave birth to identical twins in Melbourne, Australia, October 19. She chose to not have any scans or ultrasounds.
A midwife from Melbourne, Australia, was suspended after a pregnant mother was left surprised after she unexpectedly gave birth to twins. Reports stated an investigation has been launched into the incident. The mother, Brooke, whose surname was withheld, reportedly gave birth to identical twins in Melbourne on October 19. She also chose to not have any scans or ultrasounds during the entire term of her pregnancy, according to the Daily Mail.
The mother, who was expecting just one baby, was left surprised when midwife Martina Gorger from Ten Moons Homebirth Services delivered the twins. The report stated the twins were born prematurely at 35 weeks and had to be rushed to the hospital because one of them was facing breathing difficulties.
The incident, which saw the suspension of the midwife, sparked an outrage over midwife services provided by such institutions. Many mothers accused the birthing service of negligence for not detecting the pregnant woman was going to have multiple births. A post about the incident was put up on the Ten Moons Facebook page saying it was "full of unexpected surprises."
"Mum gave birth to her sweet little baby boy in water and then we thought the placenta was about to come... but as it turned out there was another baby boy about to make his entrance into the world," the Facebook post read. "What a super hero mum Brooke is. What an amazing birth!"
One Facebook user commented on the post, saying: "This is like advertising your own incompetence. Any decent provider would have noticed it was a multiple pregnancy and treated it like the high risk pregnancy it was. Mum and babies are very lucky."
Another asked how the mother did not realize she was pregnant with twins, to which Ten Moons replied: "Mum decided not to have any scans during this pregnancy." An online petition, in defense, was organized titled 'Mothers have the right to a safe natural birth of their choice'. The petition, which deemed the midwife's suspension an "outrageous tragedy" attracted over 36,000 signatures.
"This birth unfortunately had terrible implications for Martina, one of the attending midwives, because when mum brought her happy and healthy babies in for a check-up, a hospital staff member made a complaint and Martina was suspended," the petition said. "This, many of us feel, is an outrageous tragedy."