A MUM has bravely told how her baby girl was stillborn two weeks after a hospital blunder starved her of oxygen.
Louise Danson’s daughter Rosie passed away in 2019 – and she is one of 1,000 babies who died an avoidable death in England that year.
The grieving mum told The Mirror: “Rosie wasn’t moving as much so I went to hospital to get checked out.
“They weren’t concerned and sent me home. Two weeks later I went back ready for a planned induction, anxious but excited to finally meet our girl.
“The midwife couldn’t find a heartbeat. She thought the monitor might be faulty.
“When she took us to a private room to use a scanner, two doctors were waiting and I knew my girl was gone.”
Louise said she “blamed” herself for “not knowing something was wrong” in the months that followed.
“We later found out the right procedure wasn’t followed when I went to hospital with reduced fetal movement,” she added.
“The problem with my placenta wasn’t treated and Rosie was starved of oxygen.”
Following the tragedy, she did everything she could to prevent her second child Lottie suffering the same fate as her sister – opting for a different hospital with a specialist stillbirth research centre.
“Covid made pregnancy after loss even more stressful. I was convinced my baby would die again,” Louise, from Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, said.
Thankfully, her and partner Ian welcomed healthy baby Lottie into the world in July last year.
Louise’s story comes as a new Government report revealed 1,000 babies die avoidable deaths in England every year.
The Health Committee research found maternity unit blunders have cost the NHS a staggering £2.3 billion in lawsuits, while highlighting the fact that the health service desperate needs more staff.
A total of 1,932 more midwives and 496 extra consultants for maternity units are needed for them to function properly, the report said.
Tameside and Glossop NHS Trust – which runs the hospital where Rosie died – has put new guidance in place after Rosie’s death.
A spokesperson told The Mirror: “We offer our sincere condolences to Louise and Ian.”