I came across Carrie McIntosh, Independent Midwife via the internet and employing her as my midwife for the birth of my second baby will always be one of the best decisions I have made in my life, for both myself and my family.
I gave birth to my first baby in the hospital very close to my home but it ended up a traumatic birth and left me feeling inadequate and subsequently suffering from birth trauma. I had very little consistency of care throughout the pregnancy journey and a fairly inexperienced/’clinical’ midwife at the birth and surrounded by overstretched theatre and ward staff. On returning home, I had to get to know yet more midwives and a health visitor.
When I became pregnant with my second child, I was very scared of what might happen and took Carrie on board about half way through my pregnancy. From then on I felt much more confident and we planned for a home water birth. In the late stages of pregnancy I became pretty ill and Carrie advised me late at night to go to hospital for a check-up. I was then kept in and subsequently diagnosed with pneumonia. A week or so later, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter in hospital but managed the full water birth I had so very much hoped for.
Despite very short notice, Carrie arrived in time to reassure me during my short labour and be an active member of the birthing team. With hindsight, both my husband and I felt safer having our baby in hospital but with Carrie beside us for reassurance along with the hospital midwife. Despite being ill my birth experience felt pretty amazing and I felt very safe.
Her follow-up care was brilliant. My daughter and I came home shortly after and I was given nurturing, confidence-boosting care and advice at her home-visits, but also knew she was just a phone call away if I should need to talk to her. My daughter was the most placid baby I had ever come across and I am convinced it was connected to the calm birth and safe atmosphere for me throughout.
I would recommend Carrie and independent midwifery care to any pregnant woman and also very much believe that this service should definitely be an option for my daughter if she so chooses, when she decides to have a baby. It is every woman’s need to feel safe, nurtured and cared for throughout each pregnancy and birth experience.