Wattle Grove tragedy: Baby dies after home birth goes wrong in Perth


Tragedy as newborn baby dies after home birth goes horribly wrong in Perth – with the child’s father desperately trying to revive her

  • Home birth has ended in tragedy with death of baby girl in Perth on Saturday 
  • Newborn entered the world unresponsive as dad performed CPR for 10 minutes
  • Doula present at the birth reportedly didn’t know how to resuscitate newborn
  • Parents opting for a home birth should have trained health professional on hand

A newborn has died after a home birth ended in tragedy in Perth.

The baby girl was born at a Wattle Grove home in the city’s east around 3am on Saturday, but was not breathing.

The baby’s father and a doula were the only ones present when difficulties rose while the mother was in labour.

The doula reportedly did not know how to resuscitate the newborn as the dad desperately tried to revive the baby with CPR until St John Ambulance paramedics arrived 10 minutes later, WAToday reported.

The baby was rushed to St John of God Midland Hospital before being transferred to Perth’s Children’s but could not be saved.

A doula is a trained companion, who is not a healthcare professional, who provides non-medical, one-on-one support and care for a woman during pregnancy and before and after the birth.

A baby girl has died after a home birth tragedy in Perth. She was rushed to hospital by St John Ambulance (stock photo) but later died

It’s against the law for a doula to provide any clinical care during labour or birth, according to the WA Department of the Health.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the department for further comment. 

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act, a person must not undertake the care of a woman during labour unless they are a trained doctor or midwife. 

Any doula who breaches those rules faces fine of up to $30,000.

The number of West Australian women opting for a home birth jumped by 62.6 per cent during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The state recorded 304 home births in 2020, according to the department. 

The newborn was rushed to hospital but was unable to be revived (stock image)

The newborn was rushed to hospital but was unable to be revived (stock image)

Australian College of Midwives said the tragedy served as a reminder for parents opting for a home birth to have a trained health professional on hand.

‘As you can see in these tragic circumstances, there’s no trained health professional there to be able to recognise when there’s a deviation from the norm, there was no one there to identify the emergency situation early,’ principal midwifery officer, Kellie Wilton told the publication.

‘If a woman is birthing at home, it’s important to have a trained professional who is an expert in emergencies and has the ability to resuscitate, even though birth is inherently safe.’

Police said the baby’s death is being treated as non-suspicious and will prepare a report for the coroner.

It's against the law for a doula to provide any clinical care during labour or birth in WA

It’s against the law for a doula to provide any clinical care during labour or birth in WA

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