‘Miracle Baby’ Midwives Could Face Misconduct Charges

Seven nurses and midwives who claim to have confirmed the birth of “miracle babies” could face professional misconduct charges, according to reports.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will probe the activities of the British women who belong to the church of a Kenyan preacher who is wanted for questioning in his native country over child trafficking allegations.

Self-styled Archbishop Gilbert Deya claims to have helped infertile women conceive “miracle babies”.

He described the children as gifts from God and claimed he had helped two women in the UK to give birth – one of them had three children in less than 12 months.

British authorities took one of the babies into care after tests revealed its DNA did not match either of its parents.

Three of the seven women who have verified the “pregnancies” are understood to be midwives working in the NHS, the BBC reported.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council said the women may face misconduct charges and the details of those who are not registered midwives will be passed to police.

The pastor denies the trafficking claims, and has applied for political asylum in the UK in a bid to to fight extradition to Kenya.

Last month, Mr Deya’s wife was charged with stealing a child from the Pumwani Hospital in Kenyan capital Nairobi.

But Mr Deya said: “I have never taken women from the UK to the back streets of Nairobi. These are useless allegations.”

The Charity Commission froze the bank accounts of the Gilbert Deya Ministries and launched an inquiry into the group, which has churches in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham.

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Oct. 13, 2004

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