Sumary of Midwives to learn fate over manslaughter charges stemming from 2012 home birth:
- What caused Caroline’s decline and how much blood was in the pool are now points of contention.
- Caroline felt strongly about giving birth to her second child at home.
- Nick Lovell said his wife had been passionate about birthing rights, was well informed and had done a lot of investigating and reading about home births.
- ”LoadingHer mother, Jade Markiewicz, gave evidence that Caroline wanted to be comfortable and in control during her second birth, but she insisted her daughter would have chosen a hospital over a home birth if she had been properly warned of the potential health complications.
- Most of the medical experts who examined Caroline on her arrival at the Austin diagnosed a postpartum haemorrhage as the cause of her blood loss, decline and death.
- Caroline suffered a postpartum haemorrhage when giving birth to her eldest daughter at Geelong Hospital.
- The specialists who examined her in 2012 found she sustained tears during that birth, and concluded those wounds caused the blood loss.
- One obstetrician estimated about 10 per cent of women experience postpartum haemorrhages and, of those, about 1 per cent can be fatal, where a woman might “bleed out” in minutes.