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Mid-wife secretly drugged pregnant women with labour-inducing drug to make her job easier

Written By Bewith Jeddy on Friday, January 8, 2016 | 6:00 PM




A midwife has been found guilty of deliberately drugging 15 pregnant women in an apparent mid to make her work easier, leaving most needing caesarean sections to save the lives of their babies.
Kirsteen Stewart, from Newmachar, Aberdeen, administered expectant mothers with a labour-inducing drug which resulted in some babies' heartbeats dropping as low as 50bpm. 

A nursing watchdog said the only plausible explanation was a desire to speed up labour in order to 'serve the midwife's own interests'. 

According to Daily Mail, some 13 of the mothers had to undergo an emergency caesarean section after Ms. Stewart gave them Syntocinon, which causes the muscles in the uterus to contract.
Although no babies were killed by her actions, two had to be resuscitated at birth and one had to spend time in a neonatal unit.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) must now decide what sanction to place on Ms. Stewart, which can range from a warning to being removed from the register.
The panel will decide what sanction to impose on Friday.

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