(You will need to read part 1 if you are to understand what follows)
Come the next day I had not heard anything from the couple I had visited the night before, I was a little concerned about how they might be doing and rang the mobile number I had for them, no answer, assuming that they had been admitted to the maternity unit I rang the ‘labour ward’.
As expected that’s where the 3 of them now were, birth had taken place and although neither my midwifery partner nor I had made it, they sounded very excited with how everything had turned out. I visited them at home that evening and enjoyed the sense of joy, excitement and peace that reigned in the house; lovely, job done, breathed a sigh of contented relief and relaxed.
Two days passed and I was called to see the senior midwife and the ‘Risk manager’, as I made my way into the unit I was anxious, what had I done wrong? What was it about? Nothing came to mind at all,the months previous had passed without an incident or ‘near miss’, I was anxiously baffled.
The two of them sat a little stony faced around the coffee table in the ‘risk office’, declining coffee I sat down and asked what the meeting was about?
Senior midwife began to explain, ‘We have had a complaint about your practice Mark’, pause, ‘the labour ward coordinator two nights ago ‘looked after’ a woman in your case load. She has raised concerns because when she offered to examine her vaginally the partner said, ‘oh there is no need for that, she is 9cms dilated, I examined her at home before we came to hospital’!
When asked how he knew, what training he had, he proudly declared, ’Mark taught me’!
The concern was that I had actively taught him to do vaginal examinations, I hadn’t, but why not!?