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.
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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.