Midwife Elizabeth Wiles struck off for Helston baby death

A midwife in Cornwall has been struck off following the death of a baby in October 2012.

Elizabeth Wiles admitted a series of errors during the birth and care of the baby boy and his mother at the Helston Birthing Centre.

The midwife was dismissed from her job with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust in January 2013.

The National Midwifery Council (NMC) said Ms Wiles had agreed to the sanctions imposed.

Faulty equipment

The tribunal panel was told problems had occurred during the birth and the baby was born in "poor condition" while he was being taken by ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital. He died there five days later.

An inquest was told the baby died from severe hypoxic-ischemic brain injury as a result of lack of oxygen and blood to the brain.

Cornwall Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon recorded an open verdict.

Ms Wiles admitted not adequately monitoring foetal observations during labour and using equipment she knew to be faulty.

The midwife also accepted she delayed referring the case to the emergency consultant in Truro, she did not stay with her patient during transfer, but drove in the front of the ambulance. Nor did she keep proper records of the resuscitation given to the baby when he was born.

The NMC said her actions amounted to gross misconduct and Ms Wiles herself accepted her behaviour had fallen "far short of what would be reasonably expected of a registered midwife".

It said the decision to strike her from the register was appropriate, adding that Ms Wiles had told the panel she had no wish to continue working as a midwife.

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