UK nurse claims couple trying to get pregnant didn't know they had to have sex

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"They genuinely thought babies arrived as a result of simply 'being married'." Photo credit: Getty.

A long-serving UK nurse has released a new book revealing some of the most shocking experiences she's had in more than 40 years with the British public heatlh service.

In her memoirs Handle With Care: Confessions of an NHS Health Visitor, Rachael Hearson recounts a time she had to explain to a married couple they'd need to have sex to get pregnant.

Hearson told the Mirror that the couple had been married for years but genuinely believed babies arrived as a result of getting married. 

"They had been married for some years but children 'hadn't come along'. The GP deduced they didn't know how to make babies, and it was my job to ensure they did!" said Hearson

"They genuinely thought babies arrived as a result of simply 'being married' and had no clue."

Hearson said it was a sign that "teaching someone about sex is quite a responsibility". 

"But within a couple of visits, the pair couldn't keep their hands off each other," she added.

Her career also saw her visit a brothel during a routine assessment of a toddler. 

"I was carrying the obligatory scales and assorted toys when I knocked at the door," she recounted. 

"I was ushered through to the kitchen, where I passed by the parlour room on the left, generally used as a dining room in the other terraced houses on the street. 

"This one, however, was clearly 'the boudoir' occupied by a double bed and a couple 'at it'."

But Hearson said the child appeared "loved and happy" despite clutching a "gentleman's magazine" during her assessment. 

"I have visited much worse, believe me."