Miss Capewell, who has a five-year-old daughter Jodie, went into labour in October last year at 21 weeks and four days after suffering problems during her pregnancy.
She said she was told that because she had not reached 22 weeks, she was not allowed injections to try to stop the labour, or a steroid injection to help to strengthen her baby’s lungs.
Instead, doctors told her to treat the labour as a miscarriage, not a birth, and to expect her baby to be born with serious deformities or even to be still-born. She told how she begged one paediatrician, ‘You have got to help’, only for the man to respond: ‘No we don’t.’
Tanya adds: A family member of mine went through the identical thing, only with twins. We mourn them to this day, and though the babies both breathed on their own for a couple of hours outside the womb, the hospital called it a miscarriage. I have a lot of words for what happened; ‘miscarriage’ isn’t one of them.by