A Hawke's Bay District Health Board member has called for an independent investigation after an attempt to remove a seven-day-old baby from a teenage mother last week.

Jacoby Poulain said she believes the hospital "failed" in its duty of care to look after the young mother.

"I struggle to see when it is ever necessary to yank a baby away...

"There should be a high degree of evidence to support that and I am struggling to understand what the DHB systems were to ensure that evidence is so high that it justifies the removal of that baby."

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