Simon Bibby spends his days sur­rounded by women and ba­bies. Re­porter went to find out why.

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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.’’

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