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Woman at centre of home birth row has baby boy

Aja Teehan gave birth to her son in the UK.

Aja Teehan and her husband Charles Brand
Aja Teehan and her husband Charles Brand
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

AJA TEEHAN, THE woman who brought her case for a home birth to the High Court, has given birth to a baby boy.

The Kilkenny woman birthed her son in the UK two weeks ago, where she said she received “wonderful medical care and attention”.

“Each of the decisions that we made was fully informed by their medical expertise and our right to make those decisions was supported throughout.  We are overjoyed with both the process and the outcome.”

Teehan had applied to the HSE to give birth at home, with a self-employed community midwife for her second child but because she had a caesarean section on her previous pregnancy, she was deemed ineligible. In August, the High Court denied her application to have the home birth with a HSE-contracted midwife.

Writing on their blog last night, the 38-year-old and her husband Charles Brand said:

“We would like to express our deep thanks to all of you who have offered your support throughout this time.  We have encountered enormous humanity; the kindness of strangers has been both unexpected and overwhelming.  Without you, we quite literally could not have gotten the birth that we achieved.  Thank you.”

The family now face a legal bill of about €10,700 and a fundraising drive has been set up, which has collected about €1,500 so far.

Read: Woman in home birth case faced with €10,000 legal bill

Related: Despite refusal, home birth case a “worthwhile fight”

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