TURNED AWAY: Elizabeth Smith with her husband Michael and their seven-year old daughter Kimberley.
TURNED AWAY: Elizabeth Smith with her husband Michael and their seven-year old daughter Kimberley.

Caesarian birth cancelled because of bed shortage

By ZOE SATHERLEY

NCAHS made apology and says woman not in any danger

ELIZABETH SMITH'S baby is waiting to be born by a medically-necessary caesarian birth but the bed shortage at Lismore Base Hospital has seen her operation cancelled.

Now she is sitting at home with her husband Michael, manager of Scott's Newsagency in Molesworth Street, afraid of doing anything that might start the contractions.

She is worried that complications may develop with either herself or her baby.

"I have been in hospital three times already during this pregnancy," the 33-yearold Lismore woman said.

"The placenta was down too low and covering the birth canal, which is too small for me to deliver a baby. Also my pelvis is tilted and that complicates things.

"I have been 'spotting' and losing large clots and I've got gestational diabetes."

However a spokesman for the North Coast Area Health Service said medical staff had made an assessment that the woman could safely wait for the operation and this was explained to her, along with an apology.

Elizabeth fears that if she goes into natural labour, she will be forced to have an emergency caesarian section under full anaesthetic.

There will be no hope of having Michael present or of having the joy of seeing her baby born and holding it straight after birth.

"Our first baby, Kimberley, was an emergency caesar and it was quite traumatic," the 33-year-old Lismore woman said.

"As this will be our last baby, we were hoping it would be a joyful family affair and that Michael could cut the cord. Now that's looking unlikely."



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