A mum from Mansfield says she feels like her concerns were dismissed leading up to her baby daughter’s death.
Wynter Sophia Andrews died after being born at Queen’s Medical Centre on September 15 last year, Nottingham Coroner’s Court heard on Thursday, September 24.
Her mother Sarah Andrews, who was nearly 40 weeks pregnant at the time of the birth, says she had complained of pain to midwives at the hospital in the days and weeks leading up to the birth.
Ms Andrews, who moved to Mansfield with her husband Gary midway through her pregnancy, opted to have the birth at Queen’s Medical Centre as planned, rather than another hospital.
While the initial plan was that Ms Andrews was induced into labour at 39 weeks, she rang and cancelled this appointment after the pain she had been suffering became less severe.
But by September 10, the pain had begun to get much worse and she started to have contractions, the court heard.
She was eventually admitted to hospital on September 14.
“I was rushed to theatre,” she said.
“They told me we didn’t have time for paper consent, so I should give verbal consent. They said ‘we need to get the baby out’.
“It felt like an eternity – I don’t know how long it was, because it was so traumatic, but it felt like it lasted for hours.”
A caesarean birth was carried out, but Wynter passed away shortly after being delivered.
Ms Andrews, who works as a Care Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council, is pursuing a claim against Nottingham University Hospitals Trust for clinical negligence.
She says she suffers from PTSD as a result of what happened.
Jo Taylor, a midwife at King’s Mill Hospital who Ms Andrews visited prior to the birth, told the court she made the telephone call to Queen’s Medical Centre to request she was seen on September 14.
Ms Taylor said in a statement: “I spoke to a midwife and she explained she did not feel Sarah needed to be seen. She said they were very busy and short-staffed.
“I told her I would like Sarah to be seen and she transferred the call to a senior colleague.
“They were also very reluctant to see Sarah, but I was able to arrange for Sarah to be seen after being very assertive.”
An inquest into Wynter’s death is currently being carried out at Nottingham Coroner’s Court and is expected to conclude on Monday, September 28.
Ms Andrews told the court in a statement: “I want to know why they did not listen to my concerns – I feel like I wasn’t believed and I want to know why Wynter wasn’t delivered sooner.
“If she was delivered sooner we think she would have survived.
“I would like to see changes [from the Queen’s Medical Centre]. I want some good to come out of my daughter’s death and for no other family to go through what we have been through and go through on a daily basis.”
Dr Perez, who carried out the post mortem examination on Wynter, said he believed the death was caused by the entanglement of the umbilical cord being wrapped around her neck and acute chorioamnionitis, an inflammation of the placenta due to an infection.
She had also suffered a haemorrhage to the brain and lung, he said.
Dr Marniredes, who did not carry out an examination but a desktop review of the case, agreed with Dr Perez’s findings – but listed the cord entanglement as a contributing factor rather than a cause of death.
The inquest continues.