I was really shocked and somewhat disappointed that two out of the 3 medical professionals whom attended your home were not prepared to either support you or get involved in the birth. I would be complaining quite strongly about their handling of the situation and complete lack of respect and support they showed. The way it is written, it comes across that it was because they were male and either incapable or not experienced in childbirth. My understanding is, that any first response professional, or paramedic/ ambulance professional should be able to attend any medical emergency regardless as to whether it's a stabbing, domestic incident or childbirth etc etc.
First responders have about 5 days of basic training to attend heart attacks to administer life saving treatment. They are not supposed to attend trauma, gynae or alcohol related incidents. I'm a little horrified at the paramedic pulling the placenta out. I think keeping away was the best thing they could do.
Thank you so much to those who enjoyed the story, I wrote it down because sometimes it is nice to look back and laugh and have a little light relief! I was excited to join Mumsnet and share - apologies to anyone who thought I was "spamming the site" :-s
Paramedics have an almost impossible job, to be fully prepared for everything, and I think the less experienced of the two was just relieved to be paired up with someone who had delivered babies before. A few of them have told me they deliberately pair up that way, think it was pure coincidence that he was the male lol. And the first responders do have very speedy training and did their bit, arrived and made sure I wasn't dying! Perhaps I will add a clarification that I am in no way unhappy with the role any of them played. Thanks for the feedback and sorry if the post was in the wrong place x
Welcome to Mumsnet! Your story is so similar to mine - really long first birth then super short second. The paramedics didn't make it to us until after DD was born though so DH delivered by himself with help over the phone. I'm not sure I'd necessarily recommend it because of any potential complications but in all honesty it was a brilliant experience and much better for me than first time around!
@WineCheeseSleep - wow, your DH did well to deliver with phone advice only! Was he calm? I bet it makes a great story now! Thanks for the welcome to MumsNet btw! @witsender I have spoken to a few paramedics who dread that scenario lol. You did well to make it into the ambulance! Stories like our are so much more common than we think :-D