Callthe Highland Midwife; LABOUR OF LOVE MEDICS BRING NEW LIFE TO RURAL SCOTLAND A television show focuses on mums-to-be and the dedicated nurses who are alongside them to help every step of the way.
ONE woman goes into labour then faces a four-hour car journey to hospital in the dark.
Another's labour moves so quickly there isn't time to travel anywhere and a midwife helps deliver her baby at home.
The challenges faced by expectant mums in part of rural Scotland - where maternity wards can be many miles away - are featured in documentary The Highland Midwife, which starts next Wednesday on Channel 5. The role of the midwife is key in these communities and the series focuses on some of the women with this very important job.
Morven Fioretti has been a midwife for 23 years - the last 21 in Tain, Ross-shire - and reckons she must have helped more than 2000 women.
She said: "I don't keep count of how many babies I've delivered. In my mind, you're just catching the baby when it comes out. I've got a wee sticker on the back of my car which says, 'Midwives help people out.' "I remember all the ladies who have had their babies at home but I don't keep a tally. Most of our ladies have their babies in the hospital but we have a few home births."
Morven is married to accountant Michele and the couple have three children - Isabella, 10, Leonardo, seven, and Jessica, four.
The midwife came from a farming background and was used to helping lambs and calves into the world. She also worked for a vet.
During her nursing training, she had a midwifery placement and realised that's what she wanted to do.
She said: "It's an amazing job. You're seeing someone through a very exciting time in their life but also quite a daunting time.
"You're there to guide them through pregnancy and to maintain their health and preparation for the baby coming.
"It's a privileged time to be part of their lives. And it's nice to watch communities' families growing as well."
Morven was brought up in Inverness and moved to just outside Tain when she was 10. And she loves being part of the community.
She said: "My daughter said to me one time in Tesco when she was little, 'Mummy, how does everyone know you?' I said, 'I've been working here for quite a long time. In the past 20 years if they've had a baby, they know me. If they've not had a baby, their wife had a baby or their daughter had a baby.' You meet lots of people."
It can be a difficult job when something goes wrong. "Sometimes things can change very quickly and sometimes you are caught up in an emergency situation," Morven said.
"But women's bodies are designed to carry a pregnancy and deliver a baby. Sometimes it doesn't go according to plan but most of the time it goes well."
The television programme, which is narrated by former Call the Midwife star Pam Ferris, follows the stories of some women in the Highlands as they prepare to give birth.
First-time mum Bridie Preston, 28, who lives in Machrihanish in Argyll, goes into labour and develops a problem meaning she needs to make a four-hour car journey to Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire.
It's a Morven It's five weeks before her due date and she has a hindwater rupture - which midwives describe as like a slow puncture.
Husband Andrew drives her by car in the dark - concerned about the patchy mobile reception and bumpy roads frequented by deer. More than 40 hours after her waters broke, an overjoyed Bridie eventually gives birth to baby Arthur.
Her husband Andrew is filmed saying: "I knew it was difficult and I knew it was a marathon but I didn't realise how big a deal it was. Bridie was absolutely phenomenal." Over in Lochgilphead, another midwife is looking after expectant mum Samantha Scott, who is anxious because her first baby had a condition where he was born with part of his intestine outside his abdomen.
As her second baby is in the breech position, she's advised she needs a C-section. In hospital, she delivers a healthy baby boy.
In Tain, Morven tends to Anastasia Bird, who was hoping to give birth in hospital. But Anastasia's labour progresses so quickly there's no time for her to be taken anywhere. With Morven on hand she gives birth to girl Olga Elizabeth at home in less than an hour-and-a-half.
Husband John joked: "We didn't have time to sell tickets or organise a party."
The couple felt reassured with Morven there throughout. Anastasia said: "It feels like she's part of the family."
John added: "She's made dreams come true - very special."
Morven never forgets what a privilege it is to welcome babies into the world.
She said: "I met Anastasia out shopping the other day and she said, 'Oh. You're the very first person to see my baby.' It's amazing."
." ? The Highland Midwife is on Channel 5 on Wednesday, at 8pm
It's an amazing job. You're seeing someone through a very exciting time MORVEN FIORETTI
PROUD With Carrie and Carly, Sian and Nathan, Emma and Tommy, Karen and Katie
MARATHON Mum Bridie Grant, who had to make a four-hour journey while in labour with baby Arthur. Main, Morven with some new arrivals. Pic: Graeme Hunter Pictures
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jul 3, 2017|
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