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Woman’s newborn died ‘after medics told her to take paracetamol’ for bleeding

Sener Goodrum, who was 39 weeks pregnant when she made the call to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital maternity unit, said she was also told to take a warm bath

Sener and Craig Goodrum suffered the devastating loss last year and want lessons to be learned

A pregnant woman claims she lost her baby hours after hospital staff told her to have a warm bath and take paracetamol for bleeding.

Sener Goodrum, 38, says the dithering delayed the delivery for around three hours.

She is calling for lessons to be learned after her baby died when a hospital trust informed her the issues she was reporting weren’t urgent.

The expecting woman was 39 weeks pregnant when she phoned The Royal Bournemouth Hospital maternity unit at around 1am on 18 January 2020, reporting bleeding.

No referral was made and she was advised to call Poole Hospital herself, who advised her to take take the relaxing steps to sure the problem.

After the bleeding continued, Mrs Goodrum was reviewed by an obstetrician at around 4.30am and a plan was made to carry out a C-section – which is usually carried out within 75 minutes.



Sener and Craig have tried to pick up their pieces since that harrowing day
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However, the C-section wasn’t commenced until around 7.30am. Amelia was born in a poor condition – she was pale required ventilation to breathe.

She was soon transferred to the neonatal unit, but sadly died in Sener’s arms eight hours later.

Following their baby’s death, Mrs Goodrum and her husband Craig Goodrum instructed medical negligence experts at Irwin Mitchell to investigate mum and baby’s care under the then Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.









Through NHS Resolution, the Trust has now admitted a breach of duty, accepting that Sener “should have been asked to attend the hospital by The Royal Bournemouth Hospital” due to her report of bleeding.

In addition, there was “a failure at Poole” to recognise the baby’s abnormal heart rate sooner and deliver her by C-section more than three hours earlier.



The couple still struggle to accept what happened in January 2020
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The hospital further admitted that this “would have resulted in the safe delivery of baby Amelia and her passing avoided.”

The parties are now working together to reach a settlement for the family. Sener is also joining with her legal team in sharing her story as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week which runs from 9 to 15 October.

Sener said: “Losing Amelia so tragically will be something we’ll never get over. Throughout my pregnancy, we were so excited and couldn’t wait to meet our baby girl.

“When I started bleeding I knew something wasn’t right. We were so relieved when Amelia was finally delivered, but it was heartbreaking to see the state she was in. She couldn’t breathe properly and she had hardly any colour about her.

“Losing her just a few hours later was absolutely devastating. To know that we’ll never see her grow up or mark all the milestones other families get to is truly unbearable.








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“We would give anything to turn back the clock and change what happened, but that’s not possible.

“All we hope now is that lessons are learned so others don’t have to go through what we have.”

Alice Webster, specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Sener, said: “It’s less than 21 months since Amelia’s death and what happened is all still so raw for Sener and Craig.

“They were both really looking forward to becoming parents and continue to struggle to accept what’s happened.”

Mirror Online has approached Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for comment.


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