A girl died shortly after birth at a Shropshire hospital because the doctor who delivered her used excessive force when using a suction device and forceps, a court heard.
Olivia Rowlings was born at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on May 14, 2002, and died from serious head and brain injuries eight hours later, a Birmingham Crown Court jury was told.
Olivia was delivered by Dr Mohie El-Khadem, from Prestbury Avenue, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, who is charged with her manslaughter.
The obstetrician is accused of failing to carry out proper examinations during labour and of using excessive force to pull the child out.
It is alleged the doctor's actions caused the baby to suffer serious head and brain injuries from which she later died. He denies the charge.
William Davis QC, prosecuting, said Olivia's mother Julie Rowlings had not had an easy pregnancy and had suffered a back problem which meant she had been in and out of hospital. The lawyer said doctors had decided to induce her child a week early so they could treat her back.
Mr Davis said Mrs Rowlings had experienced a slow labour and was taken to the operating theatre because of concerns her daughter was facing the wrong way.
Opening the case for the prosecution, the lawyer questioned whether El-Khadem had made a proper examination of the mother before unsuccessfully trying to use a suction device to rotate the baby's head.
Mr Davis said a student midwife observing the delivery noted that Dr El-Khadem was "leaning back and sweating as he applied traction to the cup".
The prosecution said there was no note made of El-Khadem carrying out a further examination of Mrs Rowlings before using forceps.
Mr Davis said El-Khadem recorded making "one difficult pull" in the notes and that a midwife in the theatre recalled seeing the obstetrician looking at the ceiling and saying "Don't do this to me" as he pulled on the forceps.
He added: "The use of far too much force was inevitable because baby wasn't in the right position."
The lawyer said had ElKhadem made a proper examination of Mrs Rowlings he would have realised that a Caesarean section might be more appropriate.
Mr Davis told the panel: "We say the death of Olivia was caused by the use of these instruments. We say Dr ElKhadem did not exercise reasonable care in delivery of baby Olivia.
"In legal terms, he was negligent and we say the negligence of Dr El-Khadem was what lawyers term gross.
"We say, given the risk of death to this baby involved in his lack of care...his conduct was so bad that it amounts to a criminal offence of manslaughter by gross negligence."
The trial continues.