A CWMBRAN woman says she is waiting for answers to the cause of her new baby son’s death at The Royal Gwent Hospital.

Shannon Barton, 19, and her partner Danny Eggar, 27, hoped to be planning their future with their new baby Alfie.

But, on May 24, their baby passed away and now the couple say that they are “waiting for answers”.

Miss Barton said: “We are just waiting for answers now. It has been horrible.

“I feel that it should not have happened and I wouldn’t wish anyone to have to go through what we have.”

The couple have been told that a post mortem examination has been concluded but Miss Barton said it could be a five week wait for the results.

Mr Eggar, from Cardiff, explained that the pregnancy had gone well and scans showed that the baby was fine.

Miss Barton went into labour on May 22 and Alfie was delivered via emergency caesarean section at The Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

But Mr Eggar said the baby was born without a heartbeat.

"He survived for 37 hours before he passed away on the Sunday,” he added.

Early on in her pregnancy Miss Barton tested positive for Group B Streptococcus.

Miss Barton said: “We were told that as soon as I went into labour that I would need antibiotics to get it into the baby’s system.”

Mr Eggar added: “I rang the hospital to tell them that she has gone into labour and needed antibiotics but we were told to stay home, have a warm bath and to take paracetamol.

“If she had been admitted sooner, I feel I would be planning my son’s future and not his funeral.”

A spokeswoman for the health board said: “This is an extremely sad case and our thoughts are with the family at this time.

"An investigation into the circumstances was undertaken immediately and this has been discussed with the family by their consultant.

“The health board would be happy to meet with the family again to talk about their concerns and help as best we can.”