Home birth in Newham

22 May, 2017

In 2009 I was ready for a new challenge in my career when I saw a job vacancy in the Midwives magazine for midwives to set up a homebirth team in Newham. Something in me just knew this was the job I wanted. I had little experience of homebirth, but the very fi rst birth I’d witnessed at the beginning of my training was a homebirth which just felt so right, the experiences of birth in hospital always felt a bit like compromise. I have worked with many colleagues who expressed a lot of fear of homebirths:
“What if something goes wrong?” they’d ask. I don’t know why but I never shared this fear. Within a week I had been for the interview and accepted the job. I decided to take a leap of faith and put my house up for sale so I could set off unencumbered. It was a time when houses were not selling well, but mine had been
sold in two weeks so I took this as a sign that I was going in the right direction. In September, house sold, furniture in storage, my car packed with a few belongings, I set off on my new adventure.
I felt like a student off to university.

Elaine Carter


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