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In retrospect, they believe that holiday resources were a significant factor prompting the discussion to cancel the planned induction.
If Natalie had gone into labour outside of the holiday period, full staffing and resources would have been available to help staff co-ordinate an effective management plan.
Women labour and birth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so to ensure safe care the number of midwives and obstetricians working is the same during any holiday period as at any other time.
Dr Powell gave birth to Poppy in 2011 and at that time, ultrasound scanning was only available over the holiday periods in emergency situations.
Losing Poppy was the hardest thing I've had to face in my life.
All the way through the pregnancy, I was told that she was healthy and I was a 'low-risk" pregnancy.
I would like to offer my sincere condolences and apologies to Dr and Mr Powell for the loss of their baby Poppy.
We are absolutely committed to delivering the safest care to mothers and babies across all of our maternity units.
Natalie was originally booked to be induced at 8am Christmas morning, when she was exactly two weeks overdue.
Poppy was taken off her ventilator on the 29th December, 2011, and died shortly afterwards the same day.
Poppy's parents instructed expert medical negligence lawyers to investigate her death.
If necessary, any decision to depart from protocol should be properly assessed by senior staff in advance and fully take into account the impact of any holiday period on resources.
This issue needs to be addressed within the NHS on a national level.
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Since then, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has begun a programme to train midwife and doctor ultrasonographers who will provide an extended local service.