DH and I went for our second prenatal class last night and everyone was talking about this incident, which the midwives addressed in our class and answered all of our questions. We had been out of town so missed it in the news.
The issue isn't that the baby died (since that unfortunately happens in hospitals too, and this birthing centre has a mortality rate that's actually slightly better than the average hospital in my province), but rather that 1st responders answered the 911 call, when protocol dictates that this is not the normal procedure (rather only an ambulance should have been sent).
It's a big story in the media because the 1st responders are making a big stink out of being barred from the room where the birth took place, even though they are significantly less trained in newborn resusitation as compared to the midwives.
The coroner's investigation is standard procedure for any death of a child under 5.
Very sad. My heart goes out to the family involved and to the midwives who are dealing with this added stress and attention.
I'm sorry if this was in any way inappropriate to share. I just wanted to talk about it with anyone who might be interested.