Registered Midwife Jacqueline Denise Andrews – found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Professional Standards Committee of New South Wales

31 October 2011

Following prosecution of a complaint by the Health Care Complaints Commission before a Professional Standards Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery profession, the Committee found RM Andrews guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in using vacuum extraction to deliver a baby at Canterbury Hospital. Her conduct was contrary to the hospital’s policy as well as outside the scope of midwifery.

Although Ms Andrews argued that the situation was an emergency and she acted out of concern for the welfare of the baby, the Committee did not believe that Ms Andrews was in an “impossible” situation. It found that she “displayed an inappropriate level of confidence in her ability to perform the vacuum delivery” and that there was no aspect of Ms Andrew’s training that “would allow a midwife to form the view they were able to perform an assisted delivery by the use of a vacuum (or forceps)”.

The Committee reprimanded Ms Andrews, ordered that she undertake further prescribed education and be mentored in her practice, with regular reporting to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Further Information

The full decision will be accessible on the AUSTLII website.

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission on 9219 7444 or send an email to

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