In March 2012 my husband and I welcomed our first son Seòras into the world. He was delivered by me, breech and at home with the support of our Independent Midwife, Carrie McIntosh.
In opting to have a breech home delivery we had to have faith in our midwife and her capabilities which include specialised skills that are rapidly being lost by NHS midwives. I have no doubt that my choice to deliver my son at home would not have been supported by the NHS.
I had spent a lot of time preparing for pregnancy and childbirth and made informed choices at every step of the journey that were the right ones for me and my family. For my family our choice was to use an independent midwife and we would choose this option time and time again.
And from Mairi’s husband Ed:
‘Auntie Carrie – our revered midwife responsible for the dexterous care, sensitivity and delivery of Mairi’s beautiful boys. The privilege of saying I’m their father cannot be underestimated and it all started with Carrie and her magical care. Here is a woman with a Midas touch and I will be forever in her debt for inspiring, along with Mairi, the way – the only way forwards in birthing!