PARENTS

Midwife Delivers Her Own Baby Using A Make-Up Mirror

29/12/2011 18:57 | Updated 22 May 2015
Midwife Claire Clarke-Wood and her daughter Esmay, who she delivered herselfCascade

Midwife Claire Clarke-Wood has delivered thousands of babies - but never expected she'd have to deliver her own too.

She went into labour three weeks early and gave birth to her first child, daughter Esmay, with the help of a make-up mirror in her bathroom.

"My colleagues had joked that I would end up delivering my own baby but I never thought it would actually happen," says Claire, 28, from Hawkhurst, Kent.

Leaving work at Croydon University Hospital l at 10pm, a week before her maternity leave was due to start, she endured a restless night before, at around 5am, she woke husband Tim as she began to have contractions.

"I had a bit of backache but put that down to the long shift," she says. "At about 5am I began to realise I was having contractions but as it was my first time I knew it would probably take a long time so I told Tim I was probably looking at giving birth maybe on Tuesday so I'd wait and see.

"I ran myself a bath and suddenly the contractions can on fast. I was laughing because it was so unexpected. The contractions just kept coming and coming."

Paramedics were called but Esmay Clarke-Wood was born before they arrived with her mother using a make-up mirror to monitor her own childbirth. Esmay was a healthy 6lb 12oz.

Claire, who's attended numerous home births, says: "Afterwards it was just like I was at work, I was clearing away the towels and putting on a cup of tea - Tim was just trying to get me to settle down."

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