Baby’s death after homebirth was preventable: coroner

The mother experienced a uterine rupture during a vaginal birth after caesarean
Coroners Court

The death of a baby six days after an attempted vaginal birth after caesarean homebirth could have been prevented if the pregnancy had been managed by a GP or specialist obstetrician, a coroner has found.

The newborn — referred to as ‘Baby AM’ during the inquest — was delivered unresponsive by emergency caesarean on 8 September 2017 after the labouring mother experienced a uterine rupture at home, resulting in 2.5L of blood loss and a “near-miss maternal death”.