Baby dies after pregnant mum has 6- hour wait
A BABY was born lifeless six hours after his mother first complained to nurses at a packed maternity ward she could not feel him moving, an inquest heard.
Baby Gino was not breathing when he was finally delivered by emergency caesarean section. He was put on a life- support machine but died three days later from brain damage, the inquest was told.
When parents Adam Asquith and Sarah Ellis arrived at Calderdale Hospital, West Yorks, at 8.30pm, they told staff that their baby had stopped moving.
Midwives at the maternity assessment centre gave Miss Ellis, 28, a button to press if she felt the baby move.
But in six hours she failed to activate it once, the hearing was told.
The inquest also heard that Gino was showing signs of foetal distress with a high heart rate on arrival, and midwives had believed a doctors’ review of Miss Ellis was necessary.
Yet despite these warning signs she was left unattended and wasn’t admitted on to a maternity ward until 11.30pm. It wasn’t until midnight that she was seen by a registrar. The baby was finally delivered at 2.34am.
Midwife Briony Khalifa told assistant coroner Oliver Longstaff that there should have been an earlier medical review of the mother- to- be as she was showing three signs of infection.
The inquest, in Bradford, also heard that 36 hours earlier the couple had been turned away from Calderdale Hospital because of a lack of beds.
Miss Ellis had then been taken to Huddersfield Hospital before being sent home again.
The inquest was told that the maternity centre and labour ward were “above average busy” that day in November 2014. Labour ward co- ordinator Sarah Balmforth said there was a shortfall of fully qualified staff.
She said: “The doctors were busy. I don’t believe her review could have taken place much earlier than it did because the doctors were busy.”
The inquest continues.