Simon Bibby spends his days surrounded by women and babies. Reporter went to find out why.
Simon Bibby stopped counting years ago how many babies he’s birthed.
But he reckons the number falls between 4000 and 5000 newborns. Yes, you read that correctly. He has birthed thousands babies because he is a midwife.
Being a man working in what most would consider a woman’s profession doesn’t faze him in the slightest.
‘‘It’s not a women’s job. It’s a job that just traditionally women have done,’’ he says matter-of-factly. And he is right. In the Oxford dictionary, a midwife is described as a person who is trained to assist women in childbirth. However even the dictionary acknowledges it’s mostly women who take on this role.
Simon is used to being a rare breed at work and says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
‘‘I get the ‘ Oh you’re a man?’ reaction, that’s quite a regular one. Well yes, thanks for noticing.’’