Lady forced to travel from home to have ‘home birth’

Kathryn Mc Cabe and her son Oren who was born In Fairy Fort Cottage Borrisoleigh Co. Tipperary
A woman who wanted to have a home birth was forced to travel over 130km to Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary in labour as there was no local midwife available in her home town of Longford.

A woman who wanted to have a home birth was forced to travel over 130km to Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary in labour as there was no local midwife available in her home town of Longford.

Kathryn Mc Cabe from Lanesboro Co. Longford says that the only place she could find an available midwife nearby to a HSE supported service offering home births was in Tipperary. However the new mother, who wasn’t scheduled to give birth for a further 9 days, went into early labour during the two and a half hour car journey to Borrisoleigh.

“I had to travel to Tipperary as I couldn’t find a midwife that was available in October nearer my home and I ended up going into early labour on the way to the cottage,” says the first time mum. “Thankfully we reached the cottage just in time and the midwife was there straight away.”

Kathryn and her partner, Jordan Estall, began researching home birth options last March and decided to rent a cottage in Borrisoleigh for the month of October in preparation for the birth of their first child and to allow the new family settle into their temporary residence.

“I decided to research all my options and I found that a home birth would allow me the most freedom. My experience was extremely positive and I think it is important that women are aware of all their options,” she says.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.