The prison service has launched an investigation following the death of a second baby in Styal prison in the space of nine months.
A spokesperson for HM Prison Service said: “Our thoughts are with the woman who endured this tragic ordeal. She is being fully supported by prison and healthcare staff during this difficult time.”
It is understood that neither the woman nor the prison service was aware that she was pregnant until she went into labour. She had complained of severe stomach pains over several days, but was only given paracetamol. When it became clear that she was about to give birth, she was assisted by prison and healthcare staff.
Every year, about 600 pregnant women are held in prisons in England and Wales, and about 100 babies are born there. HMP Styal, a women’s prison which accommodates around 480 female inmates, has a mother and baby unit.