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After A Newborn's Death, Coroner Wants Parents To Know Why They Shouldn't Feed Babies In Bed

A baby girl was just 25 days old when she passed away while being fed, but it didn't happen the way you'd expect.

Her mom, a woman from Daventry, UK, had been told she wouldn't be able to have children, but she had a miracle baby in June. The baby was healthy and weighed 8lbs 7oz.

“My partner and I were so surprised when we were told I was pregnant," the mother said in an interview.

She and her partner brought the baby girl home and at first everything was fine. A few weeks later, the baby became "whingy and clingy" and cried all the time. The mom did her best to keep her comfortable, but one night would prove fatal.

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In July 2016, the baby woke up 3 times to be fed and the exhausted mom brought her to bed to feed her.

"At around 3.30am I carried her to bed with me. I sat up and held her in my arms while I fed her. I didn’t mean to fall asleep," said the mom.

A few hours later, the mom woke up and found a parent's worst nightmare: the baby was lying face-down on the bed next to her, not breathing.


Panicked, the woman called emergency services, but the baby had already been dead for hours.

The coroner reported: "A post-mortem found evidence that her airway had been blocked. This was an accidental death and the mother had no intention of falling asleep. Very often, parents will carry their newborn babies to bed with no consequences, but the public must know about the dangers of holding babies in this way."

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