24/03/2011 14:37 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Baby Born In TOILET As Midwives Ignore Mum

Baby born in toilet: Sharon Willoughby A mum delivered her daughter into a hospital toilet after midwives allegedly ignored her screams for help.

Sharon Willoughby, 40, gave birth to baby Felicity in the toilet bowl, and her frantic partner Richard Sum scooped her out, whilst calling for assistance and pulling the emergency alarm.

Miss Willoughby - who has two other children - had arrived at the birthing unit at King's Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire last November, and was induced.

She alleges she did not have an internal examination to assess what stage of labour she was at. After suffering excruciating pains, she went to the bathroom, where her contractions accelerated and her baby was born into the pan.

After 15 minutes of calling for help and pulling the emergency cord after Felicity was born, Richard escorted his partner - who was carrying the baby still attached by the umbilical cord - back to the ward.

Sharon told reporters:

'We were there for 15 minutes holding the baby, pulling the alarm - but nothing happened'

'It was very frightening, horrible. I don't know if they were bored with the job but they didn't take any notice.

'Felicity was still attached with Richard holding her, it was slow progress.

'We didn't know what was happening, no one was coming. We were later told they thought I was calling for a cup of tea.'

Sharon ended up needing a blood transfusion due to blood loss and was in hospital for three days. The couple are considering legal action.

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