A 35-year-old midwife was found guilty Friday of seven counts of attempted murder and handed 15 years in prison for giving blood thinners to women due to deliver their babies via caesarean section.
Regina K, whose full name was withheld in line with German privacy laws, administered heparin - an intravenous blood thinner - to women due to have caesarean sections in a hospitals in Munich and Bad Soden, a town near Frankfurt.
All of Regina K's alleged victims had to undergo emergency surgery after their procedures. One woman had to receive 44 blood transfusions and is now unable to conceive.
In a statement, prosecutors said Regina K was motivated by a desire to "demonstrate ... superiority" to "boost her self esteem."
Regina K's lawyers had pushed for an acquittal, arguing that their client was not responsible for the women's complications.
The court in southern Germany also imposed on the defendant a life-long ban on practicing midwifery.