Mum Died After She Was Persuaded To Change Birth Plan

18/11/2013 16:19 | Updated 22 May 2015

A primary school teacher died after she was reluctantly persuaded to change her birth plan, a coroner's court heard.

Frances Cappuccini, 30, died a few hours after giving birth to her son Jack by emergency Caesarean on October 9 last year.

At a pre-inquest review hearing this week, barrister Neil Sheldon, representing the family, said Mrs Cappuccini's death may have been avoided if her birth plan had been followed at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, Kent.

Mr Sheldon told West Kent Coroner's Court that Frances - known as Frankie - and her husband Tom, 33, had elected for her to have a Caesarean section, but the couple were 'reluctantly' persuaded to discard their birth plan to allow labour to progress spontaneously overnight.

Mrs Cappuccini eventually needed an emergency Caesarean and suffered heavy bleeding afterwards.

She was able to spend a few hours nursing her son, Jack, but died of a cardiac arrest soon after.

Jack, who weighed 7lb 15oz when he was born, was given the middle name Frankie in memory of his mother, who was affectionately called 'Mrs Coffee' by her pupils at Offham Primary School, near West Malling, Kent.

Her husband is now bringing up Jack and the couple's other son Luca, four.

Mr Sheldon said it was 'unlikely' an elective Caesarean carried out on the evening of October 8 would have been complicated.

He added that the family 'deeply regretted' adopting a different course of action to the birth plan and spoke of the profound concern displayed by the family in witness statements given in the days following their tragic loss.

He said liability had already been admitted by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and there would be a civil claim for damages.

A statement released by solicitor Kate Rohde read: "The Cappuccini family are relieved that the inquisitorial process has begun because it will give them the opportunity to understand how and why."

The inquest is set to take place between February 24-28 next year.

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