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Midwife’s loses own baby boy in childbirth as friends and colleagues deliver him

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A midwife was heartbroken when her baby tragically died ten minutes after it was delivered by her close friends.

Katie Bowker gave birth to Dexter Bowker on November 29, 2016 at North Manchester General Hospital.

The newborn was never able to take a breath, with medics unable to resuscitate him despite feeling a pulse in the umbilical chord in the minutes after his birth, Manchester Evening News reported.

“I kept thinking ‘he will come round in a minute, he will cry in a minute,” a tearful Mrs Bowker told Manchester Coroner’s Court.



Katie Bowker with husband Adam Bowker and son Harvey

 

“I remember them looking at other and just shaking their heads… because they couldn’t do anything more at that point.

“The consultant told us there was nothing else they could do for him.

“That was it really.”

At the time of the death 39-year-old Mrs Bowker had been working as a midwife at the Royal Oldham Hospital, which falls under the same trust as North Manchester.

Close friend and colleague Jenny Brown stayed on after her shift finish in the hope of delivering her pal’s baby.

An hour later Mrs Brown swapped with Nicola Jagatsingh, another close friend, but stayed in the room to take notes.



Jenny Brown had not worked on a labour ward for 18 months before the tragic death

 

At the inquest into the boy’s death it was heard that Mrs Brown had not worked on a labour ward for 18 months before the death, instead serving as a core midwife on a post-natal ward at the time.

She had delivered Mrs Bowker’s first child Harvey and agreed to deliver Dexter.

Belina Jackson, matron of patient services, said she had called Mrs Brown to asked who had given her permission to deliver the baby, to which she admitted no one.

Asked if there was a policy at the time on midwives caring for friends or relatives, Mrs Jackson said midwife care ‘tended to be supervisional’.

“If the supervisor of midwives wanted anything they would contact us and ask us,” she said.

It was put to Mrs Jackson that at the time Mrs Bowker herself was the supervisor of midwives.



The delivery took place at North Manchester General Hospital

 

“I found that out later, yes,” she said.

“I assumed Jenny Brown had permission, I assumed she had had a conversation higher than me.”

When asked why aspects of her midwife care including neo-natal resuscitation and Practical Obstetrics Multi-Professional Training had not been refreshed, Mrs Brown said it was sometimes difficult to access the courses.

She added: “[Katie Bowker] was my supervisor and I thought if she had a problem with me looking after her she wouldn’t have asked me.”

The inquest also heard that medics had failed to pick up on a slowing of Dexter’s foetal growth towards the end of the pregnancy.

The inquest continues.

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