Louie's Story

Baby Louie Hemmington Buckley

Michelle Hemmington lost her son Louie Hemmington Buckley on 17th May 2011

My son, Louie, was 9 days overdue when I went into labour.

In the second stage of my labour, Louie had become distressed and his heart rate was deteriorating. I raised my concerns about his heart rate, and also informed the midwife I was struggling to deliver him without intervention, but she allowed me to continue for an hour and 30 minutes before intervening with an episiotomy. Louie was born moments later and placed on my chest, but was then taken to a resuscitaire. We heard medical staff shouting for help and lots of commotion, 34 minutes later we were told Louie had died.

Louie's cause of death was brain injury due to lack of oxygen, something that could have so easily been avoided.

Following his death, a Serious Incident Report produced by the hospital identified 19 failings, including Failures to monitor foetal wellbeing, escalate to a consultant Obstetrician when urgent review was required, and to conduct the initial resuscitation as per guidelines.

I feel you become a mother the moment you find out you are pregnant, you get to know your baby's movements and patterns whilst in the womb and will do anything to protect your unborn child. I knew before I had even seen Louie that he needed to be born and something didn't feel right, call it a mothers instinct. Devastatingly, my concerns were not listened to.

I support 'Mothers Instinct' as no-one knows a child like their parent and when concerns are raised these must be acted upon; when it comes to your child you are the expert.

Find out more about Michelle's 'Campaign for Safer Births' on Facebook.