Uncertified midwife continued to practise

05:23, Apr 22 2014

A midwife has been censured for continuing to care for expectant parents after her practising certificate lapsed.

Wellington-based Cesilia Katie Laufiso continued to see three mothers-to-be after the certification required for her to practice ended in March 2012, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal heard.

She did not deliver any babies, but continued to attend her patients' antenatal appointments with a student midwife over six weeks.

She also showed prospective parents through Wellington Hospital's maternity unit and kept in communication with a mother when her waters broke. She referred her clients in labour to a locum, the hearing decision released today reported.

Laufiso was unable to extend her practising certificate as she had failed to complete the required training courses. She also told the tribunal paying the re-licensing fees was an issue.The disciplinary panel said there was no evidence Laufiso provided sub-standard care and acknowledged she had made arrangements for the student midwife or a locum midwife to be present.

But the panel said the health and well-being of the three mothers and babies could have been put in jeopardy by Laufiso's failure to complete the required courses, including re-training in emergency resuscitation.

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Records provided to the hearing showed she had struggled in previous years to complete the certificate training component.

Laufiso was not fined due to her financial situation, but the tribunal imposed a number of conditions should she return to practice.

For two years, Laufiso would be required to work with other registered midwives and under a supervisor, which she must pay for.

She currently works as a caregiver.The panel also censured her for her actions, and ordered her to pay investigation and hearing costs of $14,500.

Wellington