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December 21, 2016

Born on Christmas Day; 3 points of view

When my phone rang at 7am on Christmas morning and Leilah’s husband James, told me she was having irregular contractions, my ears pricked up.  This was Leilah’s first baby and the expected due date was 25 December. Throughout her pregnancy Leilah was adamant it wouldn’t be Christmas Day, just too inconvenient for everyone.  I agreed […]


July 18, 2016

Independent Midwifery and Homebirth – A Father’s Point of View

Last year IMUK member Virginia Howes supported Suzanne Shaw and Sam Greenfield in welcoming their son Raffery into the world.  Here for the IMUK website, Sam tells his story. The second Suzanne broke the news to me that she was pregnant I was, of course, ecstatic, but I also had an enormous sense of anxiety […]


June 16, 2016

Waiting For Baby Jacob

By Rachel O’Neill My baby arrived 23 days past my ‘due date.’ Although you don’t hear about these ‘prolonged pregnancies’ that often, let me tell you there’s a whole community of 10- month mamas out there! This is our story… My due date was 23rd April 2015. I knew this was fairly accurate because I […]

April 3, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 14

Day 14 – Homecoming And so at the end of the day, 14 days after I arrived scared, worried, and wondering what the near future had to offer, my time here in Karachi, Pakistan has drawn to a close. I am awaiting my transport to the airport; the much loved and trusted Muna will take […]


April 2, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 13

Day 13 – Showtime Last night we wound down with a very relaxed but also exciting evening of Henna tattooing. Sofia had said we need to be home by 6.30 because someone was coming to paint her belly. In the morning we had been ‘ooing and arhing’ over all wonders of artistic designs on pregnant […]


April 1, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 12

Day 12 – Reflections and Relaxation I really had high hopes that after the lovely relaxing and laughter-filled day yesterday, that last night I would get a knock on my door. However, I have to be patient as I always tell women and accept that baby will come when she is ready. Sofia did tell […]


March 31, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 11

Day 11 – Due Date It’s is Sofia’s due date today so the day called for keeping busy with a fun activity. After our impromptu visit yesterday to the pretty grotty local beach, the plan was a trip to a “lovely beach” far different apparently from what I had already seen, and about an hour’s […]


March 30, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 10

Day 10 – Sightseeing After a slow start, today turned out to be quite an adventure. Drugs are cheap and everything is apparently available to purchase here, so Muna took me downtown to see if I could replenish my supply at a fraction of the cost from prices in the UK… a very cute helpful […]


March 29, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 9

Day 9 – Bling   Corruption is big business in Pakistan, and Karachi sees its fair share of it. It was one of the first things Muna had told me about when she collected me from the airport. Corruption and the complete lack of accountability. Earlier in the week I went to the cinema. The […]


March 28, 2016

A Worldwide Journey for Mother and Midwife – Day 8

Day 8 – Home Comforts Last night after my usual indulgence of a caramel egg accompanied by an episode of Game of Thrones I settled down to sleep. I had been asleep a while, but was aware that the night was early when I heard Sofia’s small 2-year-old boy crying loudly. The crying went on […]


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