MP calls for action after Leicester hospital baby death

Prompt action is needed to increase capacity at a Leicester hospital after a baby died while his mother waited to be seen by midwives, an MP has said.

Sara Proud, 36, went to Leicester Royal Infirmary after going into labour but was told to wait for a midwife to become available.

Her baby was born with the umbilical cord around its neck and despite treatment was declared dead.

The Labour MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, said she was very concerned.

Ms Kendall, the shadow minister for care and older people, said: "Firstly I'm concerned that we need more space, more room in our maternity wards.

"I'm also concerned about the number of midwives - and I'm concerned about how Sara and Steven were treated," she said.

"I understand a proposal is hopefully going to be signed off towards the end of June to increase the number of delivery rooms, but that will take time to come on stream.

Ran for help

"I want to see it happen much more quickly.

Ms Proud, a mother of six from Beaumont Leys, went to the hospital on Sunday 13 May because she had a history of quick births.

While in a waiting room with other couples, she began to give birth. Her partner, Steven Yorke, ran to get help.

He said: "Sara was screaming 'The baby's coming! The baby's coming! The baby's here!'

"There was blood and everything going everywhere because there's no bed, nothing."

He said they would have received better care at home.

"It would have been a controlled delivery and if things had gone wrong we would have received all the care we deserved," he said.

The hospital has expressed its regret but said a post-mortem examination was needed to see why the baby died.

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