I am very lucky, I have experienced both the joy as a mother of having a midwife I knew really well attend my babies’ births and I now work as a midwife who knows the women she cares for.
Before I was even pregnant with my second baby, I knew that I wanted a different kind of midwife. I had previously given birth in a large obstetric unit, cared for by a variety of unknown midwives and felt that the whole experience was impersonal and that I was ‘processed’ through a birth machine. I knew that I wanted to give birth at home second time round and it was really important to me that I knew who was going to walk through the door on the day I was in labour. I was very fortunate that I met Kay at an information evening on waterbirth and she agreed to be my midwife when I became pregnant. Kay provided all my antenatal care at my home and she cared for me when I had my third baby as well – even better, all of this was provided free on the NHS! Kay got to know not just me, but my whole family.