Teen Mum, 17, Who ᴅɪᴇᴅ After Giving Birth To Larger Than Expected Baby
During your pregnancy, your doctor will monitor your baby’s size. Growth is a good indicator of your baby’s health and well-being, but sometimes babies grow more than expected. It can be a bit sᴄᴀʀʏ to find out that your baby might be big, and you may worry about what it’s like to carry and deliver a large baby and your baby health. A TEEN mum who ᴅɪᴇᴅ giving birth should have been offered to be induced weeks before, an ɪɴǫᴜᴇsᴛ heard. Teegan Barnard lost almost four litres of ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ when she gave birth to her nine pounds and nine ounce baby via ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ in 2019. The 17-year-old experienced an obstruction during labour with the “larger than expected” baby, which is when the child ᴄᴀɴɴᴏᴛ ᴇxɪᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇʟᴠɪs.
Within two hours of giving birth to son, Parker, the 17 year old’s ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ ᴅʀᴀᴍᴀᴛɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ᴡᴏʀsᴇɴᴇᴅ, and her “lips turned blue” as she suffered breathing issues. She had sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴄᴀʀᴅɪᴀᴄ ᴀʀʀᴇsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛᴇᴅ ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex, on September 7, 2019, and ᴅɪᴇᴅ at her home in Havant, Hants, four weeks later.
Investigators from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) said it would have been “best practice” and “appropriate” for health workers to offer Teegan an induced labour, where a mother is ɢɪᴠᴇɴ ᴅʀᴜɢs ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ᴋɪᴄᴋsᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴀ ʙɪʀᴛʜ.
Instead, Teegan’s baby son grew in size and “in retrospect it would have contributed to the ʀɪsᴋ ᴏF Pᴏsᴛᴘᴀʀᴛᴜᴍ ʜᴀᴇᴍᴏʀʀʜᴀɢᴇ”, investigators said.
Debbie Laing, maternity investigations team leader at HSIB, said the baby “would have been smaller” if Teegan had been offered, and agreed, to induce labour at 38 weeks.
“That’s the only thing that may have had a causal affect on the outcome. The significance is that the baby had an ᴏᴘᴘᴏʀᴛᴜɴɪᴛʏ ᴛᴏ ɢʀᴏᴡ ᴀɴᴅ ɪɴᴄʀᴇᴀsᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪsᴋ ᴏF Pᴏsᴛᴘᴀʀᴛᴜᴍ ʜᴀᴇᴍᴏʀʀʜᴀɢɪɴɢ. We are able to say it would have been best practice to offer the induction earlier.” she said
But Ms Laing added it was ”unpredictable” that Teegan would suffer Postpartum haemorrhaging. Lawyer Adam Walker, representing Teegan’s family, suggested that, at 38 weeks, it would have been “foreseeable” that the baby would have been greater than 4kg. And midwife Sally Walters, who cared for Teegan from eight weeks, said: “When I was looking after her I was not expecting a big baby.”
HSIB said it made a safety ʀᴇᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴅᴀᴛɪᴏɴ to ensure induction of labour is offered appropriately. The ɪɴǫᴜᴇsᴛ also heard Teegan may have had an ᴜɴᴅᴇʀʟʏɪɴɢ ɪɴFᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀɪʙᴜᴛᴇᴅ to a raised temperature and may have sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴀᴘʜʏʟᴀxɪs ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴄʜɪʟᴅʙɪʀᴛʜ. Tᴇᴇɢᴀɴ ᴠᴏᴍɪᴛᴇᴅ at 11pm on September 8, 2019, shortly before her labour in the early hours of September 9, and her pulse raised to 119 beats per minute. “Teegan had a big ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟɪᴛʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs Fᴜʟʟ of life”, her mother Abbie Hallawell said.