Vanessa Brooks – Lay Midwife

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013
Vanessa Brooks – Lay Midwife

I found Vanessa deep in a wood in Dorset where she had just been running a five day course on midwifery. She’s ‘caught’ (apparently you don’t deliver babies, you ‘catch’ them – “Delivery’s for pizzas”) over 400 babies in her life, all without a hitch. I didn’t realise that the term Midwife doesn’t actually refer to the person, but to what they are doing. It means ‘With Woman’, presumably from the German ‘mit’ for with.