A Covid-infected pregnant woman has claimed she lost her baby after being forced to wait for two-and-a-half hours in a hospital car park.
Fationa Nikolli, who asked for her face not to be shown, rushed to Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham after her 32-week-old baby stopped moving at 10am on July 6.
But the mother-of-two says she was asked to wait in the car park by nurses because she had Covid.
When she was finally brought in at 12.30pm after they found a private room, Ms Nikolli was rushed for an emergency C-section. But her son was stillborn.
Ms Nikolli claimed a doctor told her: 'If you had come in before, I could have saved the baby.'
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to Ms Nikolli and admitted they were 'not able to be there for her in the way we would want or expect'.
A full investigation is underway and the trust says they have made changes to how they handle Covid-positive women.
The NHS says online that women who notice their baby is moving less than usual should call their midwife immediately.
Guidance from obstetricians says Covid-positive pregnant women worried about their babies should also leave self-isolation and attend hospital if told to by their midwife. They will be required to wear a face mask inside the building.
It takes around 40 weeks for a baby to reach full-term, but they can survive outside the womb from just 24 weeks old in some cases.
Covid rarely causes serious illness among pregnant women, the NHS says, although this is more likely in the later stages. They add there is no evidence the virus causes miscarriages and that the risks of stillbirth are low.
Fationa Nikolli (above), who asked for her face not to be pictured, said a doctor told her that her baby could have been saved if she was seen earlier
She rushed to Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham (pictured). Nurses left her outside for two-and-a-half hours while they found a private room for her
Ms Nikolli said she had a check up the day before the tragedy, but that it found her baby was healthy.
She told Birmingham Live: 'If they had taken me in hospital before, maybe the baby would still be alive.
'I went with Covid, I called the hospital, I said: "I want to come because I don't feel the baby".
Pregnant women who catch coronavirus are not more likely to have a miscarriage or stillbirth or to deliver a baby with a low birth weight, a study in February 2021 found.
The research included 4,004 pregnant women in the UK and US and found Covid did not increase the risk of a pregnancy going wrong.
Advice for mothers-to-be during the pandemic has been cautious, with the NHS putting them in a 'clinically vulnerable' group. But there has been a lack of quality evidence to prove whether they are or aren't put in extra danger by Covid.
Children seem to barely get sick with the virus unless they already have severe health problems.
And the study, by Imperial College London, suggests the same is true of unborn babies and newborns. No babies died of Covid in the study and only around 10 per cent of them tested positive after birth.
Although women were more likely to die if they had Covid than if they didn't, this risk was the same as for a non-pregnant woman, suggesting their baby was not a factor.
Premature delivery was more likely in the women testing positive for coronavirus, the researchers found, but this appeared to be because doctors were deciding to induce labour because they were