Karen became a friend and a family member during our first pregnancy/labour, so as soon as the pregnancy test confirmed what I suspected, I knew I needed to call her second time around.

The care, advice, love and support Karen provided was invaluable and I honestly believe I couldn’t have done it without her.

When I went into labour 3 weeks early, Karen wasn’t even on call yet. We rang her at 3am and an hour or so later she was by my side. Through the day Karen never left my side and was there to greet my second son, which meant the world.