Today is International Day of the Midwife, a day to take action and to highlight the knowledge and skills of midwives, and the contribution midwives make to the health of their nations. On this day I like to remember all that we do worldwide as skilled health professionals, being ‘with woman’. I decided to list 21 reasons as to why I love being a midwife, I could have listed 100 to be honest. Maybe this blog will encourage more people to consider training as a midwife. Did you know (I didn’t) that almost 10,000 newborns die every day due to largely preventable complications due to pregnancy, childbirth and in the immediate postnatal period. The world needs midwives more than ever.
- I love seeing the look on a women’s face when she hears her baby’s heart beat for the first time
- I love giving one to one care
- I love seeing how strong women can be
- I love the smell of a new born babies head
- I love helping women make informed choices
- I love supporting women when they are at their most vulnerable
- I love watching women becoming mothers
- I love seeing men kissing their partner’s during the toughest part of labour
- I love being empowered by other women
- I love being amazed at every single birth how incredible the human body is
- I love giving reassurance to women when they feel worried or scared
- I love listening and understanding to every woman’s individual need
- I love giving women and their partners the confidence to be parents
- I love watching women enjoying the birthing pool during labour
- I love making the birthing environment calm and peaceful
- I love learning something new every single day
- I love it when women prove us midwives wrong
- I love helping women trust and listen to their bodies
- I love hearing a birth story
- I love hearing a woman say ‘I did it’
- I love being constantly inspired by my fellow midwifery colleagues
But don’t just take my word for it. My other inspiring colleagues also had a few things to say.
Rachel says ‘Seeing how amazingly strong and funny women can be. Oh and drinking a lot of tea. And driving home at dawn after a lovely birth feeling on top of the world!’
Zoe adds ‘Making a difference regardless of the circumstances‘.
Nancy says ‘The unpredictability of each day!’
Jenny loves ‘The joy of seeing students become midwives at the end of a course’
Sarah adds ‘To be a part of the most intimate journey in a woman’s life and to be trusted with that journey is such a privilege. To witness the miracle of birth and motherhood is a dream come true. I hope I forever love my job!’
Deborah loves ‘Being privileged to share in the most awesomely intense time of a woman’s life, being reminded how amazing women are on a daily basis, feeling supported and respected by my wonderful colleagues’
Another Rachel also says ‘Being part of such a special journey… Giving support and encouraging through good times and bad’.
Yvonne adds ‘Tucking a couple up in bed in their own home with their baby. Seeing the strength of women to deal with what is thrown at them when things go far off script. My amazing midwifery colleagues who teach me, inspire me and humble me on an almost daily babies’. Wow that’s some pretty inspiring stuff there from other wonderful midwives out there.
Lets remember midwives all around the world tomorrow and maybe you or someone you know may want to be part of this wonderful profession we are all so passionate about.