A heroin addict died after giving birth to her still born baby.
Katrina Thompson, 29, of Carrick Road, Bedford, died on June 26 at Bedford Hospital after she was admitted after giving birth to her baby at home.
An inquest investigating the circumstances of her death was held at Bedford Coroner’s Court on Tuesday.
The court heard how Katrina was a known heroin and cocaine user and carried on taking drugs throughout her pregnancy.
She was known to have taken heroin at 6pm and again at midnight the previous evening with her partner.
She then woke up in the middle of the night to find the baby’s head protruding. It had been there for 27 minutes and the baby had died during birth.
Katrina was taken to Bedford Hospital where her condition was not thought to be life threatening, but over the course of the day her health deteriorated.
Despite CPR attempts she did not recover. She was pronounced dead at around 3.30pm.
Toxicology reports showed there was no signs of physical injury, and there were high levels of heroin in her system.
Coroner David Morris said: “She still was not able to stop her addiction despite her pregnancy. She had a still birth and she had appeared to have recovered from the effects of that, but she sadly hadn’t.
“The levels of drugs found in her system were quite high, I conclude that she died from a dependence on illicit drugs. It is very tragic.”