The Toulouse midwife who was prosecuted after the death of an infant, which occurred 24 hours after a home birth in Monbrun, in 2018, was released this Thursday afternoon.
The Toulouse midwife who appeared on October 15 for the death of an infant, which occurred in Monbrun on August 21, 2018, 24 hours after a home birth, has been released. The latter was prosecuted for manslaughter by manifestly deliberate violation of an obligation of safety or prudence. Six months of suspended prison had been required. The parents of the newborn had not brought civil proceedings and had even requested the assistance of the midwife for their third child.
During the hearing, the court questioned the professional at length about the delivery process, then its follow-up.
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The midwife had defended herself step by step
Cut of the umbilical cord, wrapped around the neck, presence of marks on the child’s skull … The midwife had to explain each of the actions performed as well as the elements identified by the autopsy. As were the choices made during the next day’s visit to the mother and her son. Such as not taking the baby’s constants when the baby had cyanosis, a blue coloration around the lips and ears, and had not breastfed since 7 a.m.
The midwife put forward her arguments to each question. Also arguing that the cause of death, hemoperitoneum, a large internal hematoma, is very rare and difficult to diagnose.
The forty-something had also questioned the choice of experts, gynecologists while she herself is a midwife. An argument that his counsel, Maître Philippe Choulet, had taken up in his pleadings.
The midwife had not resumed her activity until almost two years after the death of the infant, last May.