[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Midwife Misery
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟭𝟴 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭.
𝘜𝘗𝘋𝘈𝘛𝘌: 𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘠𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘻 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘕𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘭, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘻'𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘥.
Last year, we investigated the allegations made by several young mothers that the delivery of their babies at the birthing home of one of Pretoria’s foremost midwives had gone wrong. A handful of women submitted complaints to the South African Nursing Council (SANC), the government body responsible for registering midwives and assuring their qualifications. As SANC prepares to investigate and hear evidence on the professional conduct of midwife Yolande Maritz from You & Me birthing home, Carte Blanche speaks to several more women who reached out after our first exposé in October. While Maritz steadfastly denies all adverse claims against her practice and conduct, we ask what led to the birth injuries and deaths of these babies.
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