Press Statements


PETALING JAYA: Doulas – whose role is to give emotional support to mothers – cannot replace trained midwives or doctors in childbirths, said the Malaysian Medical Association.

Its president Dr Ravindran R. Naidu said while some mothers opt to deliver at home in their belief that labour without medical intervention is a natural process, a birth is unsafe if it is not supervised and conducted by trained midwives or doctors.

“In Malaysia, home births are not supported by doctors, medical professional societies or the Health

“If the delivery is conducted at home without trained midwives or doctors, the complications may be
severe, irreversible and, on occasions, life threatening,” he said.

Among the complications to the mothers are severe bleeding, ?ts, ruptured uterus or infections.Babies may suffer brain damage, ?ts, physical or nervous system injuries if the labour is not
monitored and complications go undetected.

“In serious cases, both mother or baby may die as in some instances in the past,” he said.Checks by The Star on several local doula websites show that a full service fee is about RM2,100.
Facebook account handler Medical Mythbusters Malaysia also issued an open letter asking for intervention to create awareness among the public on the issue.


IPOH, Feb 12 — Poor employment terms and promotion prospects in Malaysia could be the reason why local doctors are practising abroad, the
Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) said.

“Doctors will definitely look out for their own best interests.
“If terms of medical service and prospects of promotion are poor here, surely they will look to work elsewhere,” MMA president Dr Ravindran R. Naidu told Malay Mail when contacted

Dr Ravindran was commenting on the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail report which stated that 1,548 Malaysian doctors were working in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as of last


THE Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is aware of the recent controversy surrounding the conviction of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba for manslaughter by gross negligence. We understand that this
matter is still under appeal and will not comment on it at presentService (NHS) as of last.

However, what has caused uneasiness among many doctors internationally is the fact that evidence from her personal appraisals (meant to be used for personal re?ection and learning) was used
against her in the trial. We fear that this precedent may lead to doctors being reluctant to admit mistakes to their superiors or write down anything that might be viewed as even slightly wanting.

This will surely reduce the chance of anyone learning from inevitable mistakes, and will increase the chance that systemic errors will be perpetuated and multiplied rather than corrected.