Mother’s care in labour ‘substandard’, inquest told

The inquest is being held at Belfast Coroners Court

The inquest is being held at Belfast Coroners Court

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A doctor and a senior midwife made “very damning concessions” as to hospital care given to a mother whose newborn baby died in the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

While midwife Karen Armstrong conceded at the Coroners Court on Tuesday that Tracy Hook received “substandard care” in her labour leading up to the birth of her daughter Alexis, obstetrician Dr Tughral Rahman accepted that he should have spotted there was a danger to the baby more than an hour before a decision was made to perform an emergency caesarean section.

Giving evidence at the Belfast inquest, Dr Rahman accepted that in hindsight, he should have seen that the foetal heartbeat trace from baby Alexis Hook, taken at 12.06am on July 4 2012, was “pathological” and therefore, “would have set alarm bells ringing”.

 

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