I am an expat living in Uganda was put in touch with the most wonderful Independent Midwife who came to meet me at home when I arrived back in the UK at 34 weeks. My baby arrived one week early which meant that my husband did not make it back from Uganda in time for the birth. I am so grateful that my Independent Midwife was there with me; it was a huge relief having somebody there who knew me and what I wanted. Independent midwives are extremely professional and are an invaluable support for mothers across the UK; I can’t thank Carrie enough for the wonderful and positive experience I had during pregnancy and childbirth.
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“…experiences have clearly shown that an approach which ‘de-medicalizes’ birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach.” –Michel Odent, MD
I am very grateful to have been able to choose a natural birth experience with an independent midwife for both of my children. Giving birth in my own home, safely guided by an experienced practitioner while listening to and following my own body, was one of the most valuable experiences for me as a woman and a doctor. Luckily I never felt alone or afraid. Continually being visited, examined and supported by the same midwife, from pregnancy care all the way through birth and post-partum was a true blessing.
I realize, this is not an experience for every woman, but it is a choice, a choice for continuity of care, safety at homebirth and invaluable support at breastfeeding.
Michel Odent, the researcher, who founded the Primal Health Research Centre in London, suggests the way we are born has long term consequences in terms of sociability, aggressiveness and the capacity to love.
His research clearly indicates that our health is shaped during the time between conception and first birthday.
In the light of current scientific knowledge it is hard to believe, that women who are consciously preparing for birth and motherhood will have no safe choices anymore.
It makes me sad for the future generation of women, who will mostly say about their birth experience “It was terrible and I hope to forget it soon”.
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.
I employed an independent midwife as I had no support from the NHS for my birth choice. I had a Caesarean section for my first birth and wanted to have a natural water birth at home for the second birth. However, my community midwife and a consultant were very negative about it. I did not want them to spoil my pregnancy and had enough of fighting with NHS over my birth choice. Thus, I decided to birth on my own without any midwifes until I found out about service provided by independent midwifes. My independent midwife gave me all support I needed, spent lots of time with me and gave me reassurance I needed. It was also great to have all my antenatal visits at home in the evenings so my husband could attend. It was the best care I had ever received by any midwife and had an amazing birth experience.
Every mother deserves the choice, peace and respect independent midwifery
offers. I have given birth to 3 children but only the last was attended by
an independent midwife. The birth ended in a c-section after a lengthy
labour and a transfer to hospital but the most memorable thing was not the
birth itself on this occasion but the excellent service both my independent
midwife and the NHS staff were able to offer me…TOGETHER WORKING AS A
TEAM. And it was by far my most memorable, peaceful and stress free birth
because EVERYONE, including the midwives could relax. Support, mothers,
children and midwives in both the public and private sector. It is a duty
I gave birth to my first child, Nuala, in Edinburgh. I currently work in the United States but travelled home to Scotland for the birth, specifically to employ the services of an Independent Scottish Midwife, Carrie McIntosh. Carrie had attended the birth of my sister a few months before, and I hoped my birth could be as natural, relaxed, confidently and reliably supported.
In New York where I work, the approach to birth has become medicated and surgical, where ‘birth is an emergency waiting to happen’. Due to the revenue-generating American medical insurance system, there is almost no midwifery, but drugs, surgical practitioners and procedures prevail. There is an unnatural culture of fear surrounding birth, which has dis-empowered my generation of women about their capabilities to birth naturally, whilst providing a lucrative growing industry to the medical insurance system. Cesarean rates are so high in Manhattan (about 60%), that many women miss out on what I had – a magical, natural birth; life-changing, triumphant and joyful. Of course, my birth came with its own unpredicted circumstances, but under Carrie’s expert guidance I remained calm and confident, and went on to birth my 9lb 9.5oz baby girl safely and naturally.
Scotland itself is on the brink of great change, with the potential to shine on the world stage like never in history. As an international businesswoman, I believe in an independent Scotland with world-class industry leaders in each field, who lead the world by example and help others look to Scotland as a progressive, entrepreneurial society. Carrie McIntosh is without question a world-class industry leader in her field – exemplifying excellence, reliability, knowledge, support, experience, attention to detail, and a level of personal care and encouragement that is nothing short of inspirational. Independent midwives should be free to contribute their excellence for the health of our future generations, without the complex motivations of corporate insurers clouding their path, and Scotland should stop at nothing to support them.
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Independent midwifery gave me the continuity of care I so badly needed when my husband was away working. I felt safe and supported through out my pregnancy and birth because I had time to build up a trusting relationship with Carrie. I feel that it’s a woman’s right to choose her caregiver during what can be a very scary part of her life- giving birth.