The radical birth keeper
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟴 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
For some expectant parents, the opportunity to enjoy a more intimate, natural birth experience at home – supported by a trusted midwife – is sought after. And that was true of a Cape Town couple who secured the services of a “midwife” recommended to them by a local businesswoman. But within hours of labour, and as their unborn baby went into distress, they realised the person in whom they’d placed all their trust was not what they believed her to be. And they’re not alone. Carte Blanche investigates how this self-styled “birth keeper” has so far escaped accountability.