Mid­wife ig­nored mother’s re­quest – court

The Chronicle - - NATION NEWS - — Sarah Mother­well

A MID­WIFE ig­nored a Queens­land mother’s re­quest for a cae­sarean be­cause “women say a lot of things when they’re dis­tressed with pain”, an in­quest has heard.

Nixon Tonkin died of “cat­a­strophic in­juries” shortly af­ter he was born at Royal Bris­bane and Women’s Hos­pi­tal in June 2014 at 38 weeks ges­ta­tion.

The baby’s skull was frac­tured when a mid­wife at­tempted to free his head from the birth canal dur­ing a cae­sarean.

The in­quest into his death heard yes­ter­day that a dif­fer­ent mid­wife, Chloe Simp­son, ig­nored mother Si­mone Tonkin’s re­quest for a cae­sarean while she was be­ing in­duced.

“Women say a lot of things when they’re dis­tressed with pain,” Ms Simp­son said.

“She said a few times ‘Like I’m over it’.”

Mrs Tonkin did not raise the is­sue af­ter she was given mor­phine and agreed to be taken back to the ward.

Ms Simp­son did not tell any­one else at the hos­pi­tal about Mrs Tonkin’s re­quest but would have if she “de­manded” it.

The in­quest con­tin­ues.


SHATTERED: Si­mone Tonkin re­acts as she and her hus­band Martin Tonkin ar­rive at the Coroner's Court in Bris­bane yes­ter­day for the coro­nial in­quest into the death of their baby Nixon Tonkin, who died at 38 weeks ges­ta­tion from se­ri­ous head in­juries dur­ing a cae­sarean sec­tion birth in 2014.

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