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Investigation begins into woman's childbirth death

An investigation has been launched after a woman died during childbirth at a hospital's maternity unit.

It was the third death of a mother in just over three years at Basildon University Hospital in Essex, in addition to a newborn baby's death.

The trust that runs the hospital said it could not comment on the case while it was under investigation.

Basildon University Hospital is part of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Southend and Broomfield hospitals.

The latest fatality follows the death of 36-year-old Gabriela Pintilie in February 2019. Ms Pintilie died after losing six litres of blood giving birth to her second child at the unit.

In separate incidents, a mother died and another woman had a stillborn baby at the unit in March 2019, while the trust was being inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following Ms Pintilie's death.

The unit at Basildon had its rating upgraded from "inadequate" to "requires improvement" in December by the CQC.

The hospital also apologised for the death of newborn Frederick Terry after he suffered a brain haemorrhage during a failed forceps delivery in November 2019.

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Source: BBC News, 27 March 2022


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