I came to midwifery much later in life, beginning study at 30 years of age when my eldest was just 1, and graduating 5 years later when my youngest was just shy of 3. It was a gruelling path and I would not have stuck to it through all the trials, tribulations, sacrifice and anxiety … Continue reading Midwife Emerging.
Photo by Marcos Flores on Pexels.com I ended my first article on Catherine Bell's fantastic concept of a comprehensive, evidence-informed 'Birth Map' instead of a linear, poorly researched 'Birth Plan', with a plea to women everywhere: "Women, please. Embrace your power. Express your power. Don’t keep it hidden. This is your birth, your way. Knowledge … Continue reading More on Why Making a Birth Map Matters- a midwife’s perspective
Raisin toast and coffee, writing and rest, crystals and cards. This is what extreme self care looks like at my house today 🌷 I need to practice this today. Last night was a difficult shift with a beautiful labouring woman, for several reasons. I am very hard on myself, in a way I would not … Continue reading Extreme Self Care
Photo by Ilzy Sousa on Pexels.com #soulsearchinginsuburbia #midwifery #birthcartography #informedbirth #positivebirth #birthtrauma #informedchoice #informedbirthpreparation #maternitycare #maternitycareinaustralia #itstime #birthtime I attended Catherine's "Birth Cartography" workshop last week. Yes, birth cartography. Sounds interesting doesn't it? It is. I am in my third year of working rostered shifts as a midwife across the birthing suite and the pre … Continue reading Ladies: Lose the Birth Plan. Make a Birth Map instead.
#midwifelife "How are you going here Mia?" my colleague asked me as we made our way from the building after knock off today. "I just sometimes feel like you don't always enjoy it, like you don't love it." I'm not surprised she thinks this. If she's read any of my blog for a start, that … Continue reading The loveliest thing happened today…
My lady's blood pressure measured 148/100. That couldn't be right. She was a healthy antenatal woman, expecting her first child at 40 years old after several miscarriages and a long struggle to fall pregnant. She would be with us on the ward until her induction of labour as close to term (37 weeks and over) … Continue reading To Have and To Hold
Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com So Being a Midwife Part 1 has established that midwives are not professional night nannies or nappy changers. I'm pretty sure most people do actually know that, so I can't help but wonder so many women and partners seem to think this is a critical part of our job? … Continue reading Being A Midwife: Part 2- Empowering Women.