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Newborns could have survived if the counselor did not leave their place during a difficult birth


A coroner has said that if a counselor had not left the room and the child had been born a few minutes earlier, a newborn baby might have survived.

The hospital, which has been linked to 20 maternity deaths or serious harms, accepted the lack of care in their care and offered its condolences to the baby's "devastating loss".

Freddie Barnett's June 2017 delivery at Barnstaple, North Devon Hospital was difficult due to his low heart rate and poor condition.

Despite the midwives' best efforts, Freddie died 30 minutes after he was born.

Today, his mother, Charlotte Barnett, 30, gave an investigation into a harrowing account of Freddie's death minutes after he was born.

Freddie Barnett's June 2017 delivery at the Barnstaple, North Devon hospital (pictured) was difficult due to his low heart rate and poor condition

Coroner Nick Brown said Freddie might have survived if the counselor hadn't left the room and the baby had been a minute or two earlier.

Ms. Barnett told the four-day investigation in Exeter, Devon that her son Freddie was injured and his foot was born when midwives were instructed by a doctor to press on her tummy to naturally deliver the baby.

She said in a statement to the coroner that the midwives panicked and pressed the emergency button.

She said a doctor in scrubs stormed into her room in the North Devon District Hospital and examined her thinking Freddie was injured, despite previous assurances that he was no longer injured.

She said a second doctor came into the room and one said, "Is the theater free," to which the answer was "yes".

Ms. Barnett said the doctor said there were two options – natural delivery or an emergency caesarean.

She said before she could answer midwives, she put her legs in stirrups.

Ms. Barnett said, “He (the doctor) didn't tell me about the risks. If the risks had been explained, I would have had a c-section … even if it had risked my life. & # 39;

She said she was in excruciating pain as the excruciating ordeal continued when baby Freddie's head was pinned and she claimed the doctor yelled at the midwives to shove my stomach.

Freddie was immediately delivered and taken to a car and Mrs. Barnett did not see him.

A pediatric nurse returned to the room and said they had done everything they could to save Freddie and Mrs. Barnett yelled at them to keep trying.

A nurse then told her that Freddie had died and that he had been taken to Mrs. Barnett for restraint, and she said she was "utterly heartbroken".

She claimed the doctor put his hand on her arm and said, “I know how you feel, my wife had a stillborn baby. My heart has been broken Freddie wasn't born dead.

"He didn't even say he was sorry for what happened."

The Hospital Foundation - which has been linked to around 20 maternity deaths from serious harm - accepted the lack of care and offered its condolences to the "devastating loss" of the baby

The Hospital Foundation – which has been linked to around 20 maternity deaths from serious harm – accepted the lack of care and offered its condolences to the "devastating loss" of the baby

Ms. Barnett, now 33, said afterward, “I'm angry about what happened. Unfortunately, it's only time if it was delivered faster, who knows. & # 39;

Mrs. Barnett of Westward Ho! Devon had given birth to her first two children without any problems, of course.

Her mother, Daphne Bickell, was with her at the time of Freddie's death in June 2017.

She told the Exeters County Hall investigation that the midwives panicked when Freddie's foot appeared.

She said when medical personnel tried to free Freddie the scene looked "barbaric".

A hospital review in 2017 raised "serious questions" about maternity care at Barnstaple Hospital.

A 2017 study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists raised concerns about the “decision-making and clinical competence” of senior physicians and their work with midwives.

An independent review of midwives in October 2017 found that communication between medical staff on the ward had been "poor" for more than a decade.

The report noted a "lack of trust and respect" between staff and concerns among older midwives about the quality of care.

Today, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust General Manager Suzanne Tracey said: “The loss of a baby is devastating and we would like to express our condolences to the family for the loss of Freddie.

“While nothing can make up for the loss of the family, it was really important for the Trust to learn from what happened.

"When that happened in 2017, the Trust immediately accepted that there were flaws in their maintenance and this was one of the cases that led the Trust to act."

She said the maternity services have taken "positive steps" in the three years since, and are confident that the services to mothers and babies are stronger.

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