An inmate has given birth alone and without pain relief inside her prison cell after staff were unable to open her door.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect her privacy, gave birth inside Perth's Bandyup Prison last month when she was 36 weeks pregnant.
When the inmate went into labour, she pressed an alarm alerting staff she needed help, but no one made it to her in time because they were unable to open her cell door, Perth Now reported.
The West Australian Justice Department said the incident was 'extremely rare'.
'The inmate gave birth very quickly after it was made clear she was going into labour… staff acted as soon as they could to manage the unexpected birth,' a spokesman said.
An inmate has given birth alone and without pain relief inside her prison cell at Perth's Bandyup Prison (pictured) after staff were unable to open the door of her cell in time
There was a delay in helping the woman because staff were unable to open the woman's cell, the publication reported.
Inspector of Custodial Services, Neil Morgan, said the department needed to be more transparent.
He said the situation could have proven