You’re doing really well, go with what your body is telling you. Everything is fine, it’s just a bit quick and baby’s heart rate has dropped. It’s been a bit of a shock for both of you. Just do what you feel is right. There, the head is out now, the cord is round baby’s neck, so I just need to sort that out. No, it’s fine, don’t panic. Here he is, he’s a bit tangled up and distressed. You did brilliantly. Once Daddy has cut the cord you can have him, give you both a chance to get over the shock. Here he is, hold him to your skin. Perfect.
I haven’t written about Nano Mck’s birth as I found it quite traumatic and scary, despite him being my second baby. Imagine how much more scary it would have been if I hadn’t been cared for by a brilliant, calm and capable midwife. If I’d had to do it alone.
Doctors, nurses and midwives are vital to help children survive. Without them, no vaccine can be administered, no life-saving drugs prescribed and no woman can be given expert care during childbirth.