A Rock Hill mother is suing a Fort Mill maternity center after her baby died during birth complications last year.
The Rock Hill Herald reported Thursday that an attorney representing Katherine Wagner has filed a wrongful death suit against the Carolina Community Maternity Center (CCMC). Wagner was a patient at the natural birth clinic in March 2013 when she began experiencing complications. She was taken to a hospital, but the child died before her delivery.
The same center was the site of another infant’s death six months later. That death led South Carolina’s public health agency to temporarily close the center. In its suspension order, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said two midwives had violated state regulations by not contacting an on-call doctor during the emergency. The death led DHEC to more strictly enforce regulations on midwife clinics statewide. CCMC has since been allowed to reopen, although two midwives are still on suspension.
The Wagners’ suit claims the center was negligent for unfair and deceptive trade practices, as well as its handling of the March emergency. Attorney S. Randall Hood told the paper that a midwife at the center used her hand to feel for the infant’s heartbeat during “painful contractions,” instead of an electronic fetal heart monitor. Hood also said the clinic should not have accepted Wagner because she was not a “low risk” pregnancy, having previously suffered a miscarriage.
Carolina Community Maternity Center did not return requests for comment.