A pregnant mother whose waters broke three months earlier, endured a stillbirth after the clumsy midwives who fought off moisture in her pants.
Kate Pateman, 30, from St. Neots, Cambridge, went to the hospital after discovering that her underwear was soaked in June 2016 with an unknown liquid.
But instead of checking whether her waters had broken, Mrs. Pateman was told that she was just sweating heavily in the summer heat.
The mother of the two went home with the reassurance that she would give birth to a healthy, full-grown girl, since it was three months before her due date.
A 32-week check showed that her baby was not growing well, but the midwife never reported it and it was never examined.
When Mrs. Pateman became pregnant for 39 weeks, doctors discovered she had no amniotic fluid, protecting babies and helping them to develop in the womb.
After seven hours of work, her daughter Poppy was born still – according to a tragedy expert, she could have been prevented if she had been induced two weeks earlier.
Amniotic fluid helps the baby to develop and protects against bumps, infections and injuries. Babies will not normally grow without sufficient moisture.
The trust that the hospital runs has since apologized and has accepted responsibility for the poor care received by Mrs. Pateman.
Tragically: Katie Pateman, 30 with still-born daughter Poppy after a torturing seven-hour birth
Tiny: Poppy was born to death on September 15, 2016 and weighs only 4lb 11oz. Experts say the child would have been healthy if her mother had been induced two weeks earlier
The mother who stays at home receives thousands of pounds of compensation after the series of blunders at the Hinchingbrooke hospital in Huntingdon.
She said: & To this day, I can't believe it happened. I didn't think it would ever happen to me. Now it's something I have to live with for the rest of my life.
& # 39; Sometimes I just ride along and suddenly I will think about holding her and how she was cold and I get shivers down my back. & # 39;
It is thought that she suffered from a rare condition that & # 39; oligohydramnios & # 39; which causes too little amniotic fluid.
The fluid is essential for the baby to move and grow. Oligohydramnions can lead to deformation, compression of the umbilical cord and death.
WHY DOES BABYS NEED AMNIOTIC FLUID?
The fruit bag is a bag of fluid in the womb of a woman (womb), where the unborn baby develops and grows.
The fruit bag is filled with clear, pale, straw-colored liquid in which the unborn baby floats and moves.
The amniotic fluid helps protect the baby from bumps and injuries and ensures a constant temperature for the baby.
It also helps to develop the lungs, digestive system and musculoskeletal system.
The fruit bag begins to form and fill with fluid within a few days of conceiving a woman.
Amniotic fluid is primarily water. The unborn baby swallows amniotic fluid and releases small amounts of urine into the fluid.
The amount of amniotic fluid gradually increases to around 38 during pregnancy, when it decreases slightly until the baby is born.
What happens if my waters break?
Before or during delivery, the fruit bag breaks and the fluid is drained through the vagina. This is commonly known as breaking your waters.
If your waters break before your birth, you will notice:
– a slow drop from your vagina, or
– a sudden stream of water that you cannot control
Call your obstetrician or the hospital for advice.
If you are planning to give birth in a hospital or a delivery room, you are probably advised to enter immediately.
Without amniotic fluid, your baby is no longer protected and there is a risk of infection.
The Tommy & # 39; s charity says on its website: & # 39; Your baby's fruit bag must have the right amount of amniotic fluid to continue the pregnancy normally. & # 39;
Always talk to your midwife or doctor if you are worried about every aspect of your health when you are pregnant.
Mrs. Pateman said: & # 39; The leakage continued during pregnancy. It wasn't a lot every day, but by the time I went in to give birth, there was none.
& # 39; I complained that my panties were very wet and I felt something was leaking.
& # 39; I now know they should have sent this fluid to see what it was, but they only said I could sweat.
& # 39; It wasn't enough to make me think my water was broken, so it never really occurred to me. & # 39;
Pateman first heard that Poppy was in danger after being brought to the maternity ward on 14 September – around her expected due date – to give birth.
She said: "Around twelve o'clock I called the midwives and told them I was suffering and they told me to come in."
& # 39; So for us, everything was normal and we were ecstatic and we couldn't wait to meet our baby girl.
& # 39; But I last had the baby at four o'clock & # 39; felt in the afternoon and now we believe that was her last move ever.
& # 39; That will always linger in my head because it felt like she was coming down before delivery. & # 39;
Mrs. Pateman added: "When they were looking for her heartbeat, the consultant couldn't find it, and finally she just turned to me and said," I'm sorry, there is no heartbeat, your baby died. "
& # 39; And I can't even explain that feeling, it was just awful. & # 39;
The mother then had to endure a working time of seven hours after the tragic discovery before giving birth at 3 pm on September 15.
She said she would never forget the moment when she handed her little daughter, who weighed 4lb 11oz.
She said: “She was in my arms and – oh my god – she was so perfect, although small.
& # 39; She just looked like a baby who was sleeping. And it was just absolutely heartbreaking. & # 39;
Mrs. Pateman discovered that she was pregnant with Poppy in January 2016, when her son Tyler was three years old.
But she first suspected something was wrong when she was five months pregnant.
She said: & # 39; About 22 weeks I think, my hands were numbed and I read online that it wasn't a good sign. I raised it with my midwife, but she reassured me that I was fine.
& # 39; I also said I didn't feel her movement much, but she said she might not be a very active baby. I felt her move a few times a day, but the movements were subtle.
Mrs. Pateman was led to believe that she would give birth to a healthy girl if doctors missed a series of problems during her pregnancy
& # 39; I had a kick card with Tyler but not this time and the staff only relied on natural movements.
& # 39; But my bulge was large and normal and I felt about the same size as I did with my son. & # 39;
Two weeks later, Mrs. Pateman warned the midwife after discovering fluid in her pants. She was reassured and sent home.
But the mother suffered another setback after 32 weeks, when the midwife noticed that Poppy was not growing well after measuring Mrs. Pateman's stomach.
But still no action was taken to investigate.
Mrs. Pateman said, & # 39; The midwife had plotted a chart that the baby was small and I was not growing at the right speed.
& # 39; But still, she has never done anything and I will never know why. I will never have the answer.
& # 39; It should have caused huge alarm bells, along with everything I mentioned. & # 39;
An independent report showed that if Pateman had been referred to a consultant midwife in the following weeks, an ultrasound scan would have revealed that the baby was underdeveloped.
The report, written by consultant obstetrician Suresh Duthie, stated: & On the balance of odds, if Miss Katie Pateman had undergone labor after 37 weeks of pregnancy, Miss Poppy Pateman would have been delivered alive and in good condition.
& # 39; However, since the pregnancy was allowed to last for 39 weeks, the result was the intrauterine death of the baby.
& # 39; In my opinion, Miss Katie Pateman received sub-standard and unacceptable care at the NHS Trust in Hinchingbrooke in 2016. & # 39;
North West Anglia The NHS Foundation Trust has since & # 39; shortcomings & # 39; admitted in the care of Mrs. Pateman.
Mrs. Pateman said that she remains strong for her children, Tyler, six, and daughter Maisie, two, (photo) who became pregnant just months after Poppy's stillborn
Mrs. Pateman said she remains strong for her children Tyler, six, and daughter Maisie, two, whom she became pregnant a few months after Poppy's stillbirth.
Fran Stephens, chief obstetrician and ward head of nursing at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust – who runs the hospital, apologized for the shortcomings.
She said: & We are very sorry that in September 2016 there have been shortcomings in the care of Mrs. Pateman and her unborn child at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
& # 39; The Trust accepted responsibility for those shortcomings at that time.
& # 39; A full investigation has been initiated and as a result lessons have been learned and procedures amended so that the tragic result that Mrs. Pateman suffered would not happen again.
& # 39; Sincere condolences were given to the family for the loss of their baby and support was provided. & # 39;
Milli Hill, founder of the Positive Birth Movement, said that women should be listened to when they express concerns.
She said: & # 39; Unfortunately, female voices are not properly heard or taken seriously in health care and the birth room is a real melting pot. In this case, the consequences were devastating.
& # 39; I think there is unfortunately a huge power balance in maternity care that perpetuates this problem, and it is terrible to hear of the tragic consequences this has had in this case. & # 39;
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