"Our rights as patients and prospective parents were dismissed"

About: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France / Maternity care

(as a relative),

In June 2009, my healthy wife and happy IVF baby girl entered the Edinburgh Royal Infrimary full term 14 daysover due and had what can only I feel was a diabolical level of care from a specific midwife and the doctors on the team. After my wife was refused a c/section and a second opinion the doctors delivered her by rotational forceps. My daughter received brain damage and a spinal cord injury and died. I feel that our rights as patients and prospective parents were dismissed, ignored and subsequently breached. In addition we know patients have the right to be involved in discussions regarding their care, choice and treatment plan as outlined in the NHS Constitution. This right was denied to us. We as parents demand genuine informed consent for the birth of the new born. And demand a SAFE birth and choice. Parents have a right to know the risks. And the new born has rights; Children's Human Rights(not only reserved for Chile, Africa etc.)* the right to life, survival and development I feel that our experience is the result of a poor culture of care prevalent within the ERI Simpson Maternity Centre.
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Responses

Response from Maria Wilson, Chief Midwife, NHS Lothian

This was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and condolences remain with you and your family.

We have met with you to try to answer your questions and to learn from your experience. While deaths of babies involving rotational forceps are very rare we are working hard to learn all we can from this and continue to improve the service we offer.

NHS Lothian is the second-largest health board in Scotland and covers a population of around 800,000. Last year nearly 6,900 babies were born in our Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health and we would like to reassure you and others that deaths involving rotational forceps are extremely rare

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