Health

Friday 11 July 2014

'I felt a strong sense of safety. I would have felt a lot more scared in hospital'

Maya Benharroch pictured with her  eight-week-old Anna Nuni, who was born at their home in Dalkey. Picture: Frank McGrath
Maya Benharroch pictured with her eight-week-old Anna Nuni, who was born at their home in Dalkey. Picture: Frank McGrath

LAST October, Maya Benharroch gave birth to a baby girl in her Dalkey home as Philomena Canning, the self-employed community midwife (SECM) she had hoped would attend the birth, sat outside waiting in her car.

Ms Benharroch, who also has a 13-year-old daughter who was born in a hospital, wanted to give birth at home after studying 'rebirthing breathwork', a form of alternative medicine.

Ms Benharroch gave birth at home after she was discharged from hospital during labour -- against the advice of doctors.

"It was an informed decision," said Ms Benharroch, who had to sign a legal waiver when she left the hospital. "For the most part, I felt a really strong sense of safety.

"I am set against the way that some hospitals intervene, and I would have felt a lot more scared in a hospital," she said.

Ms Canning could not attend Ms Benharroch until after the placenta was delivered because she was not insured to do so.

Irish Independent

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