Caroline Lovell’s husband has spoken out about the tragic death of his wife following a 2012 home birth.
Nick said he remembers Caroline, 36, saying her back was sore and asking for Valium, The Australian reports.
He said he called his mother to ask her to come ot the house because he was “very worried and needed a family member present.”
“I felt very helpess and didn’t know what to do,” he told the Coroner’s Court.
Mr Lovell is now the full time carer of their two children Lulu, five and Zahra, two.
Previously, Mamamia wrote:
Caroline Lovell should be alive.
She should be watching her two daughters start to grow up. She should be spending time with her husband, laughing as they watch TV on the couch. She should be here with her friends and family.
She should not be dead. Not at 36.
An hour after Caroline Lovell gave birth at her Melbourne home in 2012, it’s been alleged, she told her midwives she needed to go to hospital — and that she felt like she was dying.
But Caroline was reportedly not taken straight away, and instead the midwives tried to calm her down.
It wasn’t until Ms Lovell allegedly became cold and unresponsive that an ambulance was finally called — but it was too late to save her.
Caroline died later that night in hospital.
And now, an inquest is being held into her death.
Caroline Lovell and her husband Nick Lovell had decided that when their second daughter Zahra was born, it should be in their own home, with two privately employed midwives. The midwives in question were Melody Bourne and Gaye Demanuele.
Melody Bourne have evidence on the first day of the inquest yesterday, telling the Coroners Court that when Ms Lovell said she needed to go to the hospital, she was hyperventilating and light-headed.
The Age reports Ms Bourne told the inquest: “Gaye then questioned Caroline as to what she was feeling, in this conversation Caroline did not identify any physical symptoms… Gaye and I also made efforts to calm and reassure Caroline.”
Caroline allegedly said she was feeling faint and asked to get out of the birthing pool; then, as she got out of the pool, she fainted.
When the ambulance was finally called, and Caroline was examined at The Austin Hospital, it was discovered that she had suffered from two tears and a blood clot.
Ms Bourne, asked if this could have been identified by the midwives and if they had checked for any physical symptoms, replied: “There were more pressing events and there didn’t appear to be any excessive blood loss,” The Age reports.