Baby died in his parents' arms after midwives told mum in labour to 'walk to Tesco'

A BABY died in his parent's arm after the the mum was told by midwives "to talk to Tesco" during labour.

Adele Thomas, 25, was turned away from the Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Birth Centre in Caerphilly, South Wales three times while in labour.


When she was admitted after the fourth attempt she then described how two midwives argued while her son, Zak, was trapped in the birth canal for 35 minutes.

The baby boy was starved of oxygen and needed resuscitating when he was born in July 2018, Wales Online reported.

Adele said how her son was picked up "by his arms and leg" and rushed toa resuscitation room for half an hour while she and her partner Stephen Carter didn't know if their son as alive or dead.

Zak was rushed to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, where he sadly died two days later.

Adele, from Caerphilly, said: "Initially being turned away by staff was really scary for me because I knew how far gone I was and how quick things were progressing.

"And when they told me to walk to Tesco, which is a fair way, to help things progress, well, I just thought that was stupid."

She also says the midwife that was assigned to her was "very laid back" and was hardly in the room with her.

When Zak arrived he was red in the face and completely pale from the neck down. He looked like he was made out of porcelain

Adele added: "There was no care, I felt like I didn't matter to her."

She said things quickly became chaotic when the second midwife arrived as both of them argued and she was handled "really roughly".

Adele also said one midwife told her mum and partner to "shut up".

She said they wanted to cut him but kept arguing amongst themselves.

Zak had been crowning for 35 minutes and she was forced to push him out.

Adele said: "When Zak arrived he was red in the face and completely pale from the neck down. He looked like he was made out of porcelain."

Adele and Stephen only got to hold Zak in their arms for the first time when he died two days later.

It wasn't Adele and her partner read a report on the centre's failing that they found out the truth about what happened to their son when he was out of their sight.

The findings, which were compiled by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2019, found that when two doctors working nearby came to help, they found a feeling of "disinterest" and a '"lack of urgency" in the unit.

It also found that the two midwives did not monitor Zak's heart rate properly and argued before stopping the baby's resuscitation early.

The pair are now preparing for the inquest into their son's death, which is currently set for February 2021.

In a statement, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said: "This matter has been fully investigated by the Health Board and failings in care were identified.

"The investigation findings have been shared openly with Zak’s parents and the health board has sincerely apologised for the failings in care.

"Our condolences and deepest sympathy are with Zak's parents and family."

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