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!
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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