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British midwives facing October trial

Two British women are facing trial in connection with putting the life of a child at risk after they helped a woman give natural birth in her Limassol home against doctors’ advice.

The baby girl, born in Pareklishia last week, is being treated in the Makarios children hospital ICU following complications.

Police said the 36-year-old mother, a Czech national, had gone against the advice of doctors from state and private hospitals to avoid attempting natural birth because she had previously given birth with C-section and there may be complications.

The two women, both permanent residents aged 52 and 58, will remain in custody until their trial on October 23, after they failed to post the €10,000 bail.

They deny charges including child endangerment, conspiracy to commit felony, obtaining money under false pretences, and exercising midwifery without a license.

The women were not registered on the island’s midwife registry.

A police source said the women had claimed they were only providing psychological support

Police said the suspects had promised to help the woman give birth naturally for €1,300, since she did not want to do so in a hospital following the doctors’ warnings.

The 36-year-old had given the women €650 as down payment and gave birth in her home with their help.

But due to complications, the baby had to be rushed to the Makarios hospital in Nicosia where she was placed in a ventilator.

Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriades urged the public to trust doctors, adding that natural birth at home was allowed provided certain conditions were met, including the presence of a registered midwife.

 

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