Woman dies after child birth

AN INVESTIGATION is under way today after a young woman died at Ipswich Hospital after giving birth. The woman, who has not been named but is believed to have been in her 20s and lived in south west Ipswich, died on Tuesday.

AN INVESTIGATION is under way today after a young woman died at Ipswich Hospital after giving birth.

The woman, who has not been named but is believed to have been in her 20s and lived in south west Ipswich, died on Tuesday.

The woman gave birth before she arrived at the hospital. The baby survived the tragic ordeal.

The county coroner was informed and the coroner's office today said there will not be an inquest.


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A spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust confirmed the incident but could not release further details because of patient confidentiality.

She said the hospital was in close dialogue with both the family and the coroner's office.

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She said: “Whenever there's an unexpected or unplanned incident we immediately set in place a very thorough examination or investigation, looking at all aspects of treatment and care.

“This was an extremely sad and tragic incident and first and foremost we are supporting the family.

“Alongside that, we have immediately launched an investigation, which will be done as quickly as possible, with the family kept informed every step of the way.

“We are following all procedures absolutely to the letter, which is what normally happens in any case.”

Last month a report by the Healthcare Commission found a high level of satisfaction with maternity services at Ipswich Hospital.

The independent survey, carried out in February, showed that 96 per cent of women rated the trust's maternity service as good, very good, or excellent.

There were 3,811 births in east Suffolk last year - an average of ten a day - which includes deliveries at Ipswich Hospital, the Gilchrist Unit in Eye and at home.

In 2003 the United Nations (UN) found that the chances of death in childbirth and pregnancy is one in 3,300 in Britain.

A group of three agencies - the World Health Organisation, the UNICEF children's agency, and the UN Population Fund - collaborated on the report.

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