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Parents want action over stillborn baby after hospital admits mistakes

Charlotte and Robert Smith lost their second child to stillbirth after mistakes in care are Colchester Hospital. Photo: ITV News Anglia

An Essex hospital has apologised to the parents of a baby boy who was stillborn after a number of failings in care during labour.

Charlotte and Robert Smith's son Finley died in January 2018.

An investigation found a junior midwife at Colchester Hospital failed to monitor the baby's abnormal heart rate properly and notice he was in distress. Senior midwives were also found to have failed in their supervision.

The NHS Trust has accepted it did not provide a high standard of care.

Charlotte and Robert Smith are considering legal action against Colchester hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Smiths were looking forward to the arrival of their second son Finley.

They had IVF for their first child and when Finley was conceived naturally they called him their "miracle baby"

The couple want changes to be made and for signs of baby distress to become a key element in midwifery training

They're considering launching a legal case against the hospital.

A report commissioned by the Trust running Colchester Hospital concluded Finley died due to a lack of care during labour. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A report commissioned by the Trust running Colchester Hospital concluded Finley died due to a lack of care during labour.

It found the junior midwife failed to see his abnormal heart rate showing he was distressed early on and senior midwives failed to assist and oversee her.

"We accept that we did not provide the high standard of care we expect on this occasion and have apologised unreservedly to the family.

"Immediate action has been taken to make sure that our junior staff are well supported by their senior team and we will make sure that the things we learn from this sad event improve the care we provide."

– Colchester Hospital NHS Trust
The Smiths have launched a charity to create casts of babies' feet and hands. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The family has put their heartbreak and energy into launching a charity in Finley's name to create casts of babies' hands and feet.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu