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'Birth should have been induced' care trust admits

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: August 23, 2012

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A couple from Chilcompton have spoken of their grief after errors at Paulton Memorial Hospital's maternity unit led to them losing their longed-for first child.

Sacha Parsons and Andy Cassidy's daughter Anais died in the womb just one day after her due date last May.

Anais had not been growing as she should have been but errors were made in recording her development and assessing its significance.

Wiltshire Primary Care Trust has admitted that Anais' birth should have been induced before the day she died.

The NHS Litigation Authority, said that if she been induced "on the balance of probabilities, Anais would have been born alive".

The trust has admitted a breach of duty stating: "That the standard of antenatal care was not in accordance with a reasonable, logical and responsible body of practicing obstetricians or midwives."

The couple had been trying for a baby for three years and the fact that Anais could have been saved makes the tragedy all the worse.

Sacha said: "I am writing this for other people who might be in my position. It's to tell them to ask for a second opinion if they think it is needed. I did not question what the midwives were telling me because they were the professionals and I thought they knew best."

Just 12 days after Anais died, maternity and some other services run by the trust were taken over by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It acted quickly on issues raised in an initial investigation. Training in measuring, documenting and plotting crucial growth details took place and the investigation findings were shared with all maternity staff.

Her parents have reported three midwives to the National Midwifery Council, and await the settlement of a clinical negligence claim against Wiltshire Primary Care Trust, but what they want most of all is for professionals and parents to learn from the tragedy.

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