THE mother of a baby whose death is under investigation is understood to have suffered a prolonged labour before undergoing a caesarean-section.
The critically ill baby was rushed from Cavan to the neonatal unit in the Rotunda Hospital after his birth by C-section but he lost his battle for life on Saturday.
It is understood that the mother was in labour in Cavan General Hospital earlier last week when a decision was then made to deliver the baby by C-section.
The Irish Independent understands that the baby's mother had a prolonged labour and doctors attempted a form of vacuum delivery.
When this failed it was decided to do a C-section, but the baby was without a heart rate before and after the surgery.
It has been claimed that there was a delay in getting a theatre ready, as another mother was undergoing a C-section in the main operating theatre at the time.
However, a HSE spokeswoman said there were four theatres in the hospital – and doctors have access to an emergency theatre.
The HSE has expressed its condolences to the baby's parents and said that it would "closely examine the circumstances of this case".
A spokeswoman said it was normal procedure to examine the circumstances of an unexpected baby death.
A clinical incident review, involving different specialists, has been ordered.
The coroner's office ordered that a post-mortem be carried out on the baby on Monday, and this is understood to now be complete.
It will be a matter for the coroner to decide whether to go ahead with an inquest, which would hear open evidence, after the office received the report from a pathologist.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation wrote to the hospital asking for the membership of the review group who will investigate the death and seeking the terms of reference.
The union, representing nurses in the hospital, said it was important that the review group had independent members.