New Channel 5 documentary The Highland Midwife sees one woman help 2000 women give birth
Brand new documentary series The Highland Midwife airs tonight (Wednesday, July 5) and showcases the important work midwives are doing in the Scottish countryside.
Labour can be a scary prospect for pregnant mums in rural Scotland, as maternity wards can often be miles away and difficult to access. This Channel 5 documentary series highlights the various obstacles faced by expecting parents and the importance of the midwife in facilitating a safe and comfortable birth.
Tonight, viewers will get an insight into the job as the series focuses in on certain midwifes in the area.
Morven Fioretti, for instance, has been a midwife for 23 years and estimates she must have helped more than 2000 women.
She said: “I don’t keep count of how many babies I’ve delivered. In my mind, you’re just catching the baby when it comes out. I’ve got a wee sticker on the back of my car which says, ‘Midwives help people out.’
“I remember all the ladies who have had their babies at home but I don’t keep a tally. Most of our ladies have their babies in the hospital but we have a few home births.”
Morven continued: “It’s an amazing job. You’re seeing someone through a very exciting time in their life but also quite a daunting time.
“You’re there to guide them through pregnancy and to maintain their health and preparation for the baby coming.
“It’s a privileged time to be part of their lives. And it’s nice to watch communities’ families growing as well.”
The Highland Midwife airs tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm on Channel 5.