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Home / Latest News / Midwife accused of misconduct ‘made two mistakes before’, hearing is told

Midwife accused of misconduct ‘made two mistakes before’, hearing is told

Julie Louise Richards, formerly a midwife with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, is accused of making a series of mistakes while delivering baby Noah Tyler, who died as a result of injuries sustained during his traumatic birth.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) misconduct panel was told Ms Richards had previously been placed under supervision after two other incidents in which she made mistakes while treating expectant mothers.

In 2008, while treating a pregnant woman known as Patient A in Llandough Hospital, she failed to recognise the significance of the mum-to-be’s raised blood pressure and take appropriate care as a result.

Giving evidence, head of midwifery Jane Herve told the panel: “These observations were out of the ordinary, therefore the action should have been that this lady should have been transferred to the consultant-led unit.”

A year later, Ms Richards arranged for a woman, known as Patient B, to be induced earlier than national guidelines state and without seeking advice from medical staff. According to guidelines, women must be 13 days overdue before labour can be induced – Patient B was just three days overdue.

Another member of the midwifery unit Brenda Rees told the panel Ms Richards had claimed she had been pressured by the patient to book the inducement.

Both incidents resulted in two separate periods of supervision, during which Ms Richards worked on a number of objectives to improve her practice. Panel members were told Ms Richards’ supervisors believed she had improved after these periods of supervision.

But in 2011, it’s alleged Ms Richards failed to recognise the seriousness of Caerphilly mum Colleen Tyler’s rising blood pressure as she gave birth to Noah, who died ten months later.

The hearing, which has been taking place this week at the Parc Hotel in Cardiff, is set to decide whether Ms Richards’ fitness to practice is impaired by misconduct.

In her closing statement, NMC case presenter Jessica Sutherland-Mack said: “There’s a clear link between these cases. This falls well below the standards expected.”

“Despite the support given and the meeting of objectives she is unable to maintain that level of practice when she is no longer supervised.”

The panel is set to return their decision tomorrow.

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