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1. Police investigate home birth death in Adelaide.
A police investigation is underway after a twin baby boy died during a home birth in South Australia last week.
The newborn, born in a home in Fullarton, was rushed to hospital after paramedics were called but he died the following day.
The Advertiser reports that police said they were preparing a report for the coroner.
Police are investigating the baby's death. Via Istock.
The death comes four years after an inquest found that multiple births were too risky outside a hospital setting. The inquest into three births attended by deregistered midwife Lisa Barrett, one of which was a twin birth that saw newborn Tully Kavanagh, die in October 2011.
Deputy State Coroner Anthony Schapel urged law changes in his findings to make it an offence for anyone not qualified as a midwife to oversee a birth and called for more education about the dangers of home births in relation to risk factors such as multiple or breech births reports The Advertiser.
An updated version of SA Health’s policy for planned births at home in August 2013 says they should only be used in cases where there is an uncomplicated, single pregnancy and the baby is in a headfirst position.
Australian Medical Association SA president Janice Fletcher said “The loss of a child is always a tragedy and our thoughts are with the parents and family who are facing this difficult and very sad time,” Dr Fletcher said.
“Although we like to think of childbirth as a natural process that should go well, there are very real dangers involved in pregnancy and childbirth.”
Dr Fletcher said factors such as multiple or breech births still posed a danger.
“Risks still exist and these risks are higher for some mothers and babies than others due to a number of factors. Carrying twins is one of those recognised factors.”
2. Eddie McGuire’s comments about ‘drowning’ Caroline Wilson sees sponsors withdraw.
Eddie McGuire may see further repercussions from his comments made on radio about ‘drowning’ journalist Carline Wilson with a major sponsor of Collingwood announced on Monday night it is reviewing its sponsorship deal with the club and will meet with officials to discuss the agreement’s future.
Holden last year re-signed a sponsorship deal with Collingwood reportedly worth $3 million per year until the end of 2018 reports The Herald Sun.
Holden tweeted last night:
Last night Wilson told Channel 9’s Footy Classified program the comments were “totally unacceptable”.
“It was terrible to hear them the first time,” she said.
“I thought it was vicious. I thought there was venom. I do think there was some venom in the way Eddie spoke about it.
“Clearly now Eddie seems to finally, from what we’re hearing, understand that that’s not how you take on a critic of your performance.
“It was definitely a response to something I’d written. I know this too often becomes a popularity contest and I know James (Brayshaw) doesn’t particularly like me, not so much recently, but in the past I’ve been critical of him. We don’t get on all that well.