The fortunate/unfortunate woman who ‘delivered’ her own baby at Blacktown Hospital, because no-one believed she was in labour, should actually be very thankful. She managed to avoid the unnecessary monitoring that hospitals impose on most women, and avoided medical intervention. Some would say it was a near perfect birth. Whilst it must have been awful for her to feel disrespected and not listened to or believed, by their very ineptitude, it was possible for her baby to have a birth that was uninterrupted. It is a fact that staff in a busy maternity unit are bogged down with so much paperwork (computer), and following hospital policies and procedures that their true skills of listening and just ‘being’ with woman, have, sadly been lost. This is another very good reason to get a doula!