‘ The pain was so awful’ Woman loses baby after delivering in the toilet

A mother has relived the horrific moment she gave birth to her severely-premature baby in the toilet of a labour ward moments before he pronounced dead.

This was despite medics declaring her medically fit to go home just hours earlier.

Cerys Blackwell, who only saw her son Bobby James for moments before he was taken away and pronounced dead, said the traumatic ordeal still haunts her to this day.

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She was 23 weeks pregnant when she gave birth at Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, on April 15, 2017.

She says

I felt like I didn’t really matter [to the staff] because we were not at term. Some of the staff were great and supportive – but many did not care.

I did not feel safe even though I was in hospital, and I would fear the weekends and the nights when I knew the wards were understaffed.

Mrs Blackwell, who had a whole host of complications and needed multiple stays in hospital throughout her pregnancy, was admitted to Hospital on Thursday, April 13, because of concerns about bleeding and a blood clot.

She said the doctor wanted to run tests but ‘like on other occasions, other staff took over and I don’t feel like they observed me as well as they should have’.

‘Samples went missing and results were not interpreted correctly during changeovers,’ she said.

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