Fareham Newborn Photographer finds out about life as a midwife…..To celebrate International Midwifes Day 5th May, I asked my client what being a midwife is like before being a mum and afterwards. “The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is proud to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 5th May 2021 under the theme of “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.” We look forward to coming together as a global midwife community to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care around the world, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the process.”
1) How long have you been a midwife and what made you train to be a midwife?
I have been a midwife for over 10 years. I wanted to be a midwife for as long as I can remember. I was born at 32 weeks and 37 years ago the likelihood of survival was very low. Growing up my mum would tell me that the midwives saved my life – hence the motivation for this job.
2) What do you love most about your job?
I love the fact I am able to support women and their families throughout their journey into parenthood. Being a source of information, women’s advocates and having the ability to make their experience as special and safe as possible.
3) What are the challenges of being a midwife?
I would say that sometimes it’s difficult to shut off from the job, especially after a difficult shift or upsetting situation. You do learn to cope with these over time but our nature is to care and nurture; We often question ourselves, our abilities and our practice; some cases will stay with us for the rest of our careers. The other major frustration is not having enough time to give the care that we trained to do and long to give. Staffing levels, growing workload and rising birth rate are all factors that inhibit us from being able to do this.
4) I’m sure you have delivered hundreds of babies, but are there any special babies that come to your mind?
Any midwife you talk to will tell you of a few cases that have stayed with them. Whether it be a sad, difficult or particularly touching case. I for one have a few special babies that I have delivered over the years that have really stayed with me, sadly including some babies that grew their wings too early.
5) My fav TV programme is Call the Midwife. Do you think it represents midwives at that time? Were things simpler in those days?
Im not sure that things were simpler then as each generation has their own difficulties, challenges and pressures. But one thing I do envy about those times is that there really seems a sense of community and continuity of care. Unfortunately due to time constraints, staffing, increased population and work load we are unable to have this luxury nowadays.
6) Now you are a mum to little Henry, do you look differently on your profession as a midwife now?
I have always had mums in my care ask me “do you have children?” and when I answered “no” they’d almost roll their eyes, which used to really upset me. However, since having my own baby it has opened my eyes to what life is REALLY like with a newborn! The struggles, the hormones, sleep less nights, the constant worrying, my body changes and how I criticise myself, the all consuming love I have and that almost lioness feeling I have for any harm that could come to him. My perspective has certainly changed and I really do feel I am more informed to guide and help women in my future care. I have a broadened view of pregnancy, birth and beyond, and have little tricks and tips I shall share to women and their families. As midwives we must constantly learn, develop and evolve our practice to ensure we give the highest possible standard of care, having my baby will really impact the care I give in the future.