A father claims he had to deliver his own child after the couple’s midwife left the room.
Thomas Howard was concerned that his partner, 26-year-old Emily Baron, was losing blood, and asked the midwife if that was normal. However, Mr Howard says the midwife then left the room, and did not return until the baby was born.
The hospital has apologised for the incident, but Ruth Gildert, divisional general manager in family care for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust added : “The Trust follows the government’s Safer Childbirth guidelines, giving one-to-one care to women in labour. However these guidelines do not preclude a second opinion, for which the midwife might need to briefly leave the room and speak to a more senior colleague. This is what happened in this case. On occasions, babies can be born unexpectedly quickly, especially if they are not the mother’s first child. This was the situation with Ms Baron.
Ms Gildert continued: “As a result of the concerns expressed we will be looking very closely into what happened and we will be contacting the family directly to discuss their concerns with them . I would like to apologise to Ms Baron and her partner for the distress they experienced when their baby was born. We understand both mother and baby are doing well.”