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Erica's Comment Print
Please keep me informed of ways to save independent midwives. I hired an independent midwife for the birth of my son (August 27th) and she was worth every pence! (client)
 
Emma's Comment Print

My first child was born in an NHS maternity hospital. Whilst my experience of ante-natal care, labour and birth were physically fine, there was no consideration given to me as a person. This was not helped by the total lack of continuity in care - I saw 14 different people for ante-natal appointments, only once seeing the same midwife twice, and then five different midwives looked after me during my hospital labour despite the fact that it lasted only 3 and a half hours. I found the impersonality, the perfunctory nature of care and my own lack of control very hard to deal with. I still get feelings of distress and panic when I think of my daughter's birth - whilst I am, of course, grateful that we both came through it physically OK, it was not the wonderful, fulfilling experience which we are socially conditioned to expect of birth.


We are now planning another baby and if we do, I am desperate to use an independent midwife in order to have someone who I can get to know and who will have the time to give me more chance of a positive birth experience next time and hopefully, wipe out some of the bad memories from first time around.

Please please don't take this option away from me. (mother)

 
Laurie's Comment Print
We must do what we can to save women's autonomy regarding birth. Choice in childbirth is a basic human right. (wanna be Independent Midwife)
 
Cathy's Comment Print
HI , I THINK THAT WHAT YOU INDEPENDENT MIDWIFES DO IS SO GOOD. I HAVE HAD TWO SONS OF MY OWN, WHEN I MET MY MIDWIFE I DID NOT GET TO KNOW HER. WITH WHAT YOU DO WE HAVE THAT CHOICE ALL THE WAY FOR NINE MONTHS AND AFTER, GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MIDWIFE, I THINK THIS IS A GREAT THING. (Supporter)
 
Carolyn's Comment Print
As a woman who has not yet had children, but who will certainly want the assistance and support of an independent midwife when she does get pregnant, I'm increasingly worried and shocked at the government's lack of foresight and frank dismissal of women's needs and choices. Will this proposal be coupled with a shake-up in the NHS, finally providing the level of service and care that, at present, only independent midwives are able to give? I doubt it, and as a result, women are going to lose out, in a big way. I hope that when I find myself ready to get pregnant and give birth in the next few years, when the services of an independent midwife will still be available to me. (prospective client)
 
Hannah's Comment Print
This may be naive but have you looked into unionizing? I'm doing a research project for university and looked into Norway and New Zealand; both have functioning Midwifery Unions. Blessings to all of you UK midwives so far away from me in Oregon, USA. (future midwife)
 
Jean's Comment Print
It is so important that independent midwifery survives. You are the yeast that gives the bread of midwifery life and lightness. There are hard times for midwives at the moment, and there is the need for the inspiration that comes from your continuing to stand by women and midwifery. (retired midwife)
 
Emma's Comment Print
I am pregnant and have hired an independent midwife to enable me to attempt to have a home birth for my 3rd baby.

My last twin birth in hospital was very traumatic, and involved my husband not being alowed to stay with me overnight in early stages of labour, being left alone for hours, feeling scared and not knowing what was going on. I had a good labour but it ultimately ended in an emergency c-section under a general. Once back on the ward the hygine was poor, the care at night was non existent, visiting times were limited and I even found a stranger in my room staring at my babies, which terrified me. I was traumatised by the whole experience and had PND for 4 months afterwards.

I am now 24wks pregnant, and have only seen my NHS midwife twice, she said I'd have to fight to have a homebirth as I was already classed as high risk as I had a c-section.

I have booked an independent midwife this week - and I feel as if a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders, just knowing I will get to know her over the next 4 months, and she will meet me, my husband and children. I know she will be with me all the way, whether I ended up at home or in hospital.
I feel it is every parents right to decide how they want to have their baby, and it would be disasterous to lose the option on hiring an independent midwife. (client)
 
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