A senior coroner has warned of a risk of future deaths if the NHS favours vaginal delivery over caesarean sections on the basis of cost.
The inquest took place following the death of Kristian Jaworski who died five days after his birth in June 2015 as a result of brain damage during a “prolonged and extended instrumental delivery”.
Kristian’s mother, Ms Taylor told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme she was not listened to by hospital staff. She said: “When I was first sent into hospital I was sent home twice even though I was upset and crying and saying “I’ve had a problem before, can I stay?”.
The coroner described how Tracey Taylor repeatedly told medical staff that she needed a caesarean after complications during the birth of her first child Sebastian, three-and-a-half years earlier.
She told the inquest that doctors had informed her at that time that she had a “narrow birth canal” and would need a caesarean section if she ever had another child. Sadly the information was never recorded in her medical notes and she said her requests for a caesarean during a lengthy and difficult labour were ignored.
The inquest heard that doctors tried repeatedly to deliver Kristian in theatre using suction and then forceps, before performing an emergency caesarean under general anaesthetic. Subsequently, Kristian died five days after delivery, suffering from severe brain damage having been starved of oxygen.
Mr Walker’s report, sent to the Department of Health, says that in the case of Kristian Jaworski there appeared to be a financial reason for favouring a vaginal delivery “that needed to be rebutted”.
Inez Brown, Partner at Medical Accident Group, said “this is a long overdue acknowledgement that all too often the concerns and experiences of mothers-to-be have been ignored or pushed to one side. The points raised by the Coroner in this tragic case will hopefully mean that hospitals will now place more emphasis on the voice of the mother who knows her own body. Hopefully the Coroner’s report will bring about a change in the way that medical staff handle valid issues raised by women during their pregnancies and deliveries.”
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