A heartbroken mother has recently shared a photo of her holding her stillborn baby as she slammed midwives who ignored her concerns.
Stephanie Broadley, 28, completely fell apart after realizing her son Beau was already dead when she gave birth to him in May of 2018.
She shouldered the blame for not telling staff how she could not feel her baby moving while in labor.
Broadley had already suffered one miscarriage in the past and contracted an infection during the birth of another child, which put her at a “high risk” of miscarrying again.
But staff at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, wrongly believed she was low risk.
The investigation revealed how Broadley was failed by “over-optimistic” staff who did not check her vitals during labor.
Broadley, who is a mother-of-six and married to Lee, 30, said: “I feel that I should have shouted out for him more.”
Broadley continued: “They just kept telling me everything would be fine and that it was normal, but I knew it wasn’t.”
“When Beau was stillborn it was absolutely heart-breaking. I just held him in my arms and sobbed, and it is so difficult thinking back now because I feel like I let him down.”
“I was repeatedly saying that I didn’t think things were right but now I wish I had been more forceful and loud. The problem is that you place your trust in the people who are there to care for you.”
The investigation led to the conclusion of how this led to “over-optimistic” records being written down, which did not reflect the actual risk to baby Beau.
According to the report, key decisions were allegedly made “without actually assessing the patient and not having the full history.”
In addition, criticisms were also made for not escalating concerns to a consultant for high-risk antenatal patient review.
In addition, there was a two-and-a-half-hour delay after a midwife had requested a registrar review.
Solicitor Sam Gardner, of Hudgell Solicitors, is currently negotiating damages with the NHS trust in regards to Beau’s death but stated how that these cases are never about the money.
She said: “The hardest thing for any parents to understand and accept is that their baby has not come home with them from [the] hospital because maternity staff have not cared for them as they should.”
“In cases such as this it is never about compensation, but holding [trust] to account for their actions and making sure such incidents are fully investigated,” Garnder continued.
“Parents want answers, but sadly we all too often see the same conclusions, that avoidable errors were not prevented and basic guidelines were not followed.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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