At each home birth, a second midwife will attend for the birth itself. This is to ensure the safety of mother and baby. The midwife who has taken you on as a client will arrange for the second midwife to attend. Often this will be a primary midwife who also takes on her own clients, and sometimes it is a midwife who supports the scheme by being available to assist with home births.
Here are the details of the midwives who act solely as second midwives for home births.
I qualified as a midwife in Kent in 1992. I worked there for 8 years before returning to Ireland. I am married to Paul and we have 5 children, 4 of them were home births.
I have been working with the Cork/Kerry midwives since 2008, I attend births as 2nd midwife, which is a statutory requirement.
I also work as a Nurse Manager, from Monday to Friday in Midleton.