A mother whose home resembled a "murder scene" after a midwife "randomly hacked" at her with a pair of scissors has called for a change in the law to force independent midwives to take out insurance.
Victoria Anderson, 39, was left with permanent bowel damage while her daughter Daisy, now five, still suffers from paralysis of the arm as a result of "multiple failures of care" by Susan Rose.
Ms Rose was struck off for gross misconduct on Wednesday after the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard that she panicked during the home birth she had been paid £3,000 to supervise.
The midwife failed to cope with the size of the child – Daisy weighed 12lbs at birth – even though the mother had a history of large babies, the NMC's conduct and competence committee heard.
Speaking afterwards, Mrs Anderson welcomed the verdict and urged new legislation to force independent midwives to have insurance. While NHS midwives are insured by their trusts, their counterparts in the private sector are not required to take out cover.
"Either independent midwives should not be working, or they should be forced to obtain insurance," she said. "We want to change the law to ensure that this doesn't happen again."
The committee found Ms Rose, who was not present at any stage of hearing, guilty of charges including failing to explain that she did not have professional indemnity insurance, failing to make various records, inducing labour when there was no clinical reason to do so, failing to take appropriate action during the labour, and failing to keep up to date with current midwifery practice.
Mrs Anderson told the hearing that the Brighton-based midwife "started to get stressed" when the baby's head became stuck.
"Then she threw me across the room on to all fours and started cutting me with scissors. She cut me randomly and she just kept cutting," she said.
"It was as if I was a piece of meat. I was shouting 'Get the baby out' and she literally just cut her out of me. There was so much blood everywhere it looked like a murder had taken place in my living room."
Mrs Anderson, a mother-of-three from Storrington, West Sussex, told the panel that her bowel was permanently damaged during the procedure and she has since had to have reconstructive surgery.
Daisy suffers from Erb's palsy, a condition which causes paralysis in the arm, because of the nerves being severed when she was born.
Mrs Anderson said that the ruling would assist efforts to win compensation for her daughter.
She added: "It means it's the start of justice for Daisy, and not the end of it. It is very important that the NMC has recognised that one of their midwives did wrong and that she shouldn't be on the register."
Categories: Birth injury