While reviewing high harm events, a Patient Safety Authority analyst noted a report describing the near-death of a newborn after the mother fell asleep with the baby in her arms.
A woman in her second trimester (24 weeks gestation), who had experienced two prior fetal losses at 18 and 20 weeks respectively and had undergone a cervical cerclage (closing the cervix with stitches to hold a pregnancy) about a month earlier, presented to the hospital with intermittent contractions.