Keep­ing it in the fam­ily...

Mid­wife de­liv­ers her sis­ter’s ‘re­ally spe­cial’ baby at home

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BIG sis­ters are al­ways there for their younger sib­lings but a mid­wife in Hilling­don went one step fur­ther when she helped de­liver her sis­ter’s baby.

It was a spe­cial mo­ment when Ayan Elmi de­liv­ered her sis­ter Hafsa’s baby at home.

The 37-year-old said the birth of baby, Istabraq, was a real fam­ily af­fair.

“It’s a priv­i­lege to be present at any birth but this is re­ally spe­cial.

“My mum wasn’t too keen on a home birth but it was my sis­ter’s decision.

“Peo­ple have some funny ideas about home births but if it is pre­planned it is just as safe as a hos­pi­tal de­liv­ery for low-risk women.

“I was present at the birth of my sis­ter’s other chil­dren so wasn’t go­ing to miss this one. I was de­lighted when she asked me to be her mid­wife.”

Mrs Elmi works at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal in Pield Heath Road and lives in the same street. She had the first of her three chil­dren as a teenager, but it was eight years be­fore she ful­filled her dream of be­com­ing a mid­wife.

She did it the hard way, tak­ing a one year ac­cess course, where tu­tors said only the high­est marks would give her a chance of suc­cess­fully ap­ply­ing for a mid­wifery course.

After duly burn­ing the mid­night oil while the chil­dren were asleep, Mrs Elmi sur­prised ev­ery­one – ex­cept her­self – by mak­ing the grade.

She re­cently cel­e­brated her fifth year as a mid­wife and is now part of a spe­cial­ist home birth team made up of four mid­wives in west London com­mit­ted to giv­ing moth­ers more choice about where they give birth.

She said: “I have wanted to be a mid­wife since I was a teenager so when my youngest started go­ing to nurs­ery I de­cided to go back to col­lege.

“It was tough but it’s some­thing I have al­ways wanted to do and where there is a will there is al­ways a way.

“I would like to see more women con­sider home birth as an op­tion but a lot more work needs to be done in­form­ing and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the choices avail­able.

“You can’t beat word of mouth at the end of the day.

“If some­one has had a good home birth they are the best ad­ver­tise­ment for our work when talk­ing to other women.”

Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal was evac­u­ated this week when a fire alarm was trig­gered.

Pa­tients, staff and vis­i­tors had to leave the hos­pi­tal, in Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, on the morn­ing of Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 6, after the alarm sounded.

One frus­trated pa­tient, Paul Davies, tweeted: “Sod’s law got hos­pi­tal ap­point­ment and end up get­ting evac­u­ated due to fire alarm go­ing off.”

Mr Davies also de­scribed the scene as ‘ab­so­lute chaos’.

The alarm was trig­gered by heat com­ing from an elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ance.

London Fire Bri­gade was called at 9.50am, but left within 30 min­utes. A spokesman de­scribed it as ‘a small in­ci­dent’.

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