A heartbroken mother was traumatized after watching her newborn baby struggle for three excruciating hours when it “died” in hospital without medical attention.
Although midwives were able to breathe and cry for themselves, they would not help little Jensen since he was born in the 21st week of pregnancy. The trust that operates the hospital said it adheres strictly to guidelines from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, which suggest that it is “inappropriate” to try to resuscitate babies born 22 weeks ago.
Survival of babies born before 22 weeks is not considered possible because the lungs are usually not sufficiently developed. Although Jensen was breathing and crying to himself, his mother, Bethany Lamming, was told, “I’m really sorry we can.” Do nothing for your baby “
Traumatized Miss Lamming, 21, said that it will haunt her forever to see her son die in her arms while she begs for help for him.
The Hospital Foundation has since completed a Serious Incident (SI) investigation that found midwifery errors. Even without these mistakes, the outcome would still have been the same for Baby Jensen.
Bethany gave birth to Baby Jensen at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital. reports Hull Live. She said, “The first thing the midwife said to me as soon as he was born was, ‘Remember, because he was 24 weeks ago, there is nothing we can do.’
“When I was born and he immediately cried, the second midwife said ‘I don’t know what to do’ and that repeats itself in my head now. It was not only traumatic for us but also for the midwives, I think it was not the staff, it was the system, you could tell they wanted to do something but they didn’t.
“But he was crying and breathing. His eyes were still fused, but otherwise he was a normal baby with five fingers on each hand, ten toes, he was perfect. He had eyelashes and eyebrows, real features that he had. He was very. He was very.” tall and the size of a baby over 24 weeks old.
“The hardest part was when he started gasping for breath, he took his last breaths in my arms. I just didn’t understand how they just couldn’t help him, every time I looked at him I didn’t understand it felt like he’s not as important as other babies. “
Since the only mourning suite in the maternity ward was in operation when Ms. Lamming gave birth in November 2020, she and her partner Marcus Ford stayed on a workstation where they could hear other babies crying as they said goodbye to Jensen.
The couple’s plight was prolonged when midwives did not record Jensen as a “live birth” and newborn deaths and instead recorded him as a stillbirth, which was later picked up by the coroner and almost delayed his funeral.
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This failure was highlighted in the SI investigation, as was the failure to properly inform the couple of the expected outcome for Jensen when he was born. The Hull Live investigation states, “The panel concludes that the opportunity for an open and honest conversation between a clinician and Bethany and her partner was missed.
“They should have been sensitively informed of the expected outcome (survival) from Jensen and a decision about palliative care that should have been made together. The panel concluded that the staff did not adequately acknowledge that Jensen was born with signs of life and therefore a newborn death. “
Mrs Lamming said the report published this week does not finalize her and still leaves her with many unanswered questions.
She added, “Her report says, ‘Yes, we didn’t follow the protocol, but even if we had, the same would have happened. I think that’s disgusting, even though they made all these mistakes, they still have Leave a living, crying, breathing baby to die.
“It shouldn’t be in pregnancy when he showed signs of life, it should be certain whether your child is viable. He breathed and gave life, surely every child who breathes and shows life deserves a chance? It shouldn’t It was the hospital’s decision to decide if he deserved this chance to live. It should have been ours. “
Ms. Lamming says she would like to campaign for a policy change and has now petitioned to save the lives of babies born 22 weeks ago. You can sign the petition here.
She added: “For a child born before the 22nd week of pregnancy, the child will not be offered medical treatment or assistance and will be passed on to parents to have skin contact and run naturally in their arms. In in some cases this may be the case. ” Minutes, in others it can be hours. “
What the NHS Trust said
A spokeswoman for Hull University Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust, said: “The circumstances surrounding the loss of Baby Jensen are incredibly sad and we would like to extend our condolences to Ms. Lamming and her family.
“The Trust has completed a Serious Incident (SI) investigation and recently met with Ms. Lamming to share and explain the findings.
“The research found that while certain aspects of employee-family communication could have been more effective, they did not have an adverse clinical impact and unfortunately the outcome would still have been the same for Baby Jensen
“In response to the findings of the report, we have committed to a number of measures to improve communication and minimize the likelihood of the problems we encountered in this case recurring.”
Actions include a review of procedures related to extremely premature babies, more specific staff training and the development of information resources for families of babies born before the 27th week of gestation, according to the Trust.