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.