Birth unit admits breach of duty to mum and baby

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A mother and her baby have received an assurance that midwives will undergo retraining, after an admission by Darley Birth Centre that the standard of care the pair received fell below what they were entitled to expect.

During the course of legal proceedings brought by Howells Solicitors in Sheffield, the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Trust admitted that both mother and daughter had suffered physical and emotional harm as a result of their ordeal.

The baby girl was born on December 1 2007 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. She was only one day old when she was transferred with her mother to the Darley to ensure that breastfeeding was established.

Contrary to the mother’s expectations, no guidance was given at Darley about breastfeeding and the baby became severely dehydrated and lost 14 per cent of her body weight.

Concerned about what had happened the family consulted Michelle Gyte, a clinical negligence solicitor at Howells.

She said: “The NHS Trust admitted that there was a breach of duty in failing to note that the baby was severely dehydrated.

“Subsequently mother and daughter have received compensation for their pain, suffering and psychological trauma. But, more importantly, the Trust has assured her parents that the midwives would undergo retraining.”