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BC midwife operated on newborn, gets suspended

Natasha Oglesby

A BC midwife agreed to a two-month suspension for several practice issues, including performing an operation on a newborn that was outside her qualifications.

Natasha Oglesby signed the agreement last week, which included a requirement for her to work with supervision for the following two years.

The BC College of Nurses and Midwives investigated complaints from three patients, all in 2021, according to a citation earlier this year.

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Oglesby admitted to multiple infractions, including performing a frenectomy on a newborn in October 2021. She wasn't qualified to do the operation, didn't contact someone who was qualified and didn't document the operation, according to her citation.

Oglesby stopped giving that same patient postpartum care without helping her find an alternative, while also failing to let her and other patients know she was closing because she wouldn't enforce COVID-19 vaccination policies within her clinic.

Earlier that year, Oglesby tried to provide care over phone calls and text messages while in another province and failed to advise her home-birthing patient to get to a hospital, according to her past citation.

The consent order Oglesby signed this month says she had practice issues from Feb. 2021 to May 2023, but the previous citation didn't include complaints later than October 2021.

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It's not clear what allegations she faced then, but the College did say she breached its voluntary undertaking conditions.

Oglesby has several conditions attached to her practice once she returns to work following her two-month suspension.

For two years, she cannot work alone and has to have a more experienced midwife work alongside her. She's prohibited from communicating clinical matters with her patients over text message and she cannot oversee midwife or nursing students for two years.

Oglesby also has to repay the College for its investigation, but the decision did not detail just how much she will have to pay.

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