No faults could be found with the care given to three mothers who died while in the supervision of Northwick Park Hospital, an independent report has confirmed.
A panel was asked to investigated the maternity department deaths, which occured in the 2007/08 year, along with two other non-fatal incidents and seven further instances of major obstretic haemorrhages.
The panel's report - published today - does, however, make some "essential recommendations" to help the hospital in Watford Road, Harrow, lower the risk for mothers-to-be.
It states: "They were all high risk cases; four of the women were non-Caucasian and in four cases communication was difficult for language, cultural or clinical reasons.
"None of the deaths or SUIs (serious untoward incidents) could have been prevented by better attention to current guidelines or protocols.
"In the three fatal cases, however, there were opportunities for better high-level clinical care in interpreting and reacting to apparently 'minor' symptoms.
"Consultant obstetrician involvement in these cases was limited to the labour ward and was much less before or after the intrapartum period (during delivery).
"The non-fatal SUIs revealed deficiencies in communication and coordination between obstetrics and other specialties in the hospital."
The three fatalies were:
n a 25-year-old with 'high-risk status' who died from a pulmonary embolism 21 days after giving birth and having been discharged;
n a 34-year-old who died of an amniotic fluid embolism following an emergency Caesarean;
n a 28-year-old who died in intensive care, having collapsed four days after giving birth naturally.