After the nurse understood the pain of menstruation, the prisoner gave birth to a dead child in the toilet


A woman gave birth to a stillborn baby under “shocking circumstances” in a prison toilet after a nurse mistook her labor for menstrual pain, a Sentinel investigation has found.

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Sue McAllister said staff made a “serious error of judgement” when they did not visit an inmate or assess him properly after reporting he was bleeding and in pain – unfairly decided she was having painful periods.

The mother, Louise Powell, said she “cannot forgive” the prison for what happened.

According to a report published on Tuesday, the 30-year-old did not know that she was pregnant and could not believe that she could be.

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Fellow inmates and staff of HMP Styles “had no doubt” this was the case until the baby was born prematurely – possibly between 27 and 31 weeks – in her mother’s cell at Cheshire Prison in June 2020. Block toilet.

The findings come just months after a damning report on how a teenage girl at HMP Bronzefield in Middlesex, Europe’s largest women’s prison, died alone after a teenage girl gave birth to it, despite help from its staff. called for.

In this report, Ms McAllister said the mother suffered a “horrific, traumatic and traumatic experience” and described the case as “deeply sad and disturbing”.

Prison staff called the duty nurse three times to express concern about the prisoner for more than two hours, but without visiting or properly assessing him, “wrongly concluded that he was bleeding and The painful period resulted in severe abdominal pain”.

The report said: “Whatever the cause, it is not acceptable that someone has unexplained acute pain for several hours without proper evaluation or consideration of pain relief.”

Ms McAllister is unable to say whether the child could have survived had her mother been taken to hospital. But her report said: “We believe that this will need to be determined by the court on the basis of expert evidence commissioned for this purpose.”

Satisfied that prison staff did not leave any “obvious indications” that she was pregnant during the three-and-a-half months behind bars, having “missed the opportunity” to recognize that she had to undergo an urgent clinical trial hours earlier. Attention was required. Gave birth, Ms McAllister said.

The findings are another example of the catastrophic failure of healthcare in prisons