Lessons were learned after doorway baby

Janice Richardson with hospital papers detailing changes to be made after her baby, Ryan, was born in the doorway. She is pictured with husband Kevin.

Janice Richardson with hospital papers detailing changes to be made after her baby, Ryan, was born in the doorway. She is pictured with husband Kevin.

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A mum who gave birth on a reception floor because an out-of-hours maternity wing was locked today said she fears lessons have not been learned.

Janice Richardson, a mother of six, went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s maternity ward at 3am on February 27 last year in full labour, and feared she would be forced to have her baby outside as she couldn’t get into the building.

And memories of her traumatic ordeal came flooding back when she read in The Gazette how Emma Singleton gave birth on the grass verge outside the wing last month.

She said she had been unable to get in, despite assurances from the hospital that measures were in place to ensure it would not happen again. “I was shocked, I still can’t quite believe it,” she said.

Janice, 35, of Cornwall Place, Marton, and her husband Kevin, 38, spent 20 minutes outside the hospital trying to get in. She said the buzzer system wasn’t working, and staff were unable to open the doors from inside.

She was told to go further along the building to another set of doors, but they were also locked. She said: “Kevin forced the doors just enough to get me inside and I gave birth in the doorway.”

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