A BABY died in his parent’s arm after the mum was told by midwives “to talk to Tesco” during labour.
Adele Thomas, 25, was turned away from the Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Birth Centre in Caerphilly, South Wales three times while in labour.
When she was admitted after the fourth attempt she then described how two midwives argued while her son, Zak, was trapped in the birth canal for 35 minutes.
The baby boy was starved of oxygen and needed resuscitating when he was born in July 2018, Wales Online reported.
Adele said how her son was picked up “by his arms and leg” and rushed to a resuscitation room for half an hour while she and her partner Stephen Carter didn’t know if their son as alive or dead.
Zak was rushed to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, where he sadly died two days later.
Adele, from Caerphilly, said: “Initially being turned away by staff was really scary for me because I knew how far gone I was and how quickly things were progressing.
“And when they told me to walk to Tesco, which is a fair way, to help things progress, well, I just thought that was stupid.”
She also says the midwife that was assigned to her was “very laid back” and was hardly in the room with her.
When Zak arrived he was red in the face and completely pale from the neck down. He looked like he was made out of porcelain
Adele added: “There was no care, I felt like I didn’t matter to her.”
Adele also said one midwife told her mum and partner to “shut up”.
She said they wanted to cut him but kept arguing amongst themselves.
Zak had been crowning for 35 minutes and she was forced to push him out.
Adele said: “When Zak arrived he was red in the face and completely pale from the neck down. He looked like he was made out of porcelain.”
Adele and Stephen only got to hold Zak in their arms for the first time when he died two days later.
It wasn’t Adele and her partner read a report on the centre’s failing that they found out the truth about what happened to their son when he was out of their sight.
The findings, which were compiled by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2019, found that when two doctors working nearby came to help, they found a feeling of “disinterest” and a ‘”lack of urgency” in the unit.
It also found that the two midwives did not monitor Zak’s heart rate properly and argued before stopping the baby’s resuscitation early.
The pair are now preparing for the inquest into their son’s death, which is currently set for February 2021.