AN INQUEST this week revealed that a Worksop woman died in Bassetlaw Hospital's maternity unit after she was left in a bath alone during labour for at least 45 minutes.
Lorraine Maddi, 31, of Briar Lea, had a fainting condition and would sometimes collapse during stressful and anxious situations.
The real estate agent was admitted to the hospital on 1st June last year when she went into labour.
Her friend and ex-partner Paul Guthrie went to the hospital with Lorraine and said at the inquest at Nottingham Crown Court today that he told midwives about her condition.
A midwife suggested to Lorraine that she take a bath to help with the labour pains. Paul left the hospital to get some things and said he told a midwife to keep an eye on her in the bath.
Paul came back an hour later to find that Lorraine was in the bath with the door locked. She did not respond so midwives opened the door to find Lorraine submerged under water and not breathing.
Lorraine was resuscitated but she died eight days later. Her baby Jayden survived by emergency caesarean.
Coroner for Nottingham Dr Nigel Chapman recorded an open verdict because the cause of death could not be ascertained. He said that because Lorraine died a week after being under water, her lungs had since emptied, so drowning could not be given as a cause of death.
After a report into the incident, Bassetlaw Hospital's head of risk and legal services, Mandy Dalton, said they will aim to employ new guidelines about women being alone in a bath at the hospital.
Lorraine's husband Phaninder Maddi, who was in India at the time of the incident, said that he hoped something good would come out of losing his wife.
"I hope they keep to their word and make the changes, that is all I want now. My son will never know his mother - she never got to enjoy him," said Mr Maddi.
Lorriane's official cause of death was recorded as lack of oxygen to the brain.