Hello Midwives and Midwives in the making, this is another Midwife Motivation Monday! I post every Monday to help keep us focussed on all the privileges and rewarding moments of our profession. To prevent me feeling like a deranged midwifery motivational speaker just saying ‘midwifery is awesome….it’s just so awesome!’ over and over, each Monday I pick an inspirational or motivational topic backed up by hard science.
I’ve had an……um…..erm…..intense week. The words ‘shit‘, ‘magnet‘ and ‘Ellie is a‘ have been thrown around by my colleagues. How rude! I’ve given my adrenal glands a good work out, but don’t worry, no Mums or babies were damaged during the week of this post. In some cases their well-being was significantly improved thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, and judicious use of theatre, syntocinon, and magnesium sulphate, not necessarily in that order.
Hi Midwives and Midwives in the Making, I hope you’ve had a fantastic week. I hope you’ve felt supported by your colleagues and in turn supported your women through the astonishing process of having children. I hope you’re getting enough rest and having enough good experiences to keep you sailing through the challenges.
I’ve had a rather life changing week; I have moved back to the UK from New Zealand, in part to make sure MidwifeDiaries gets much more attention from me. Stand by for new stuff!
A lot of the emails I get at the moment from students and midwives are about keeping passionate about midwifery. How to re-discover your passion is a popular question.
I can relate. I love my job and always have, but when I started training, I had the amusingly misguided view that I’d always be full of beans and happy to be working.
Hi Midwives and Midwives in the Making, this post is a good excuse to drop you a line reminding you all to avoid midwifery burnout! I had a long chat with a friend of mine who works in the NHS this week. It’s so easy to get to the point of exhaustion when we do manic hours and manic work.
Remember, the rest of the world who aren’t holding a profession together believe:
“To prevent fatigue and worry, the first rule is: Rest often. Rest before you get tired.”
We do such a fundamentally important job that we must look after ourselves for the good of the women. It’s so easier said than done, but please do something good for yourself today – take a long nap, watch a favourite TV show, make plans with a friend, get your next holiday booked.
And if I haven’t got you convinced, I made you this to convince you to take some self care time!
Do you know a midwife or midwife in the making who could use a reminder to look after themselves? Please share this post with them!
What’s your favourite way to wind down and have me time? I’d love it if you could let me know in the comments so we can learn from each other.
And so, the day has come. The one I was dreading. I am having to write a post on midwife motivation while not feeling very motivated myself!
In case you’re not one of MidwifeDiaries’ small but exclusive group of 70 subscribers (70? MADNESS! Where did you all come from?? Hello, it’s very lovely you’re here), and you haven’t come across Midwife Motivation Mondays before, I’ll explain. Monday is the day I post to inspire and motivate midwives (and midwives in the making). I generally take a topic that makes me remember why I’m so excited by midwifery and share it.
But I’m having a hard time with that today….
On shift, do you ever feel like there’s just far too much to do? Do you ever get the feeling you’re swimming upstream? But sometimes the current is so hard it feels like you’re not getting anywhere at all, or perhaps you’re even going backwards? And sometimes it just feels like it would be better to swim to the side, squidge your toes into the muddy bank of giving up, and go and find your towel of failure?
Yeah. It’s been one of those weeks. But obviously, I’ll keep going, I’ll always try.
Maybe it’s just because we’re busy. Sometimes I really worry about myself and my colleagues and our stress levels. I worry about midwives’ health.
20 minutes later, merlot in hand:
I went off and did what I usually do when I’m tired and cross and should be writing: I surfed YouTube. And I came across a fascinating lecture from Kelly McGonigal, health psychologist. She has very interesting research for anyone coping with stress, but in particular labouring women, and the midwives working with them.
This has reassured me on lots of levels. It directly credits midwifery philosophy, and also reassures me that we’re not all essentially working ourselves into early graves. It’s also perked me right up and made me appreciate midwifery again.
This post is on getting your motivation together to start your essay.
On the secret facebook group I’m part of, the midwifery and nursing students were discussing using essay writing companies.
I got fantastically cross when I heard this, as these companies target tired, vulnerable students struggling to keep up with their courses and can charge up to 500 gbp per essay. Aside from the cost, it’s actually a professional offence to use such companies. Even if you’re pre-registration you can be (at least in theory) be hauled up in front of a Fitness to Practice Hearing. Gulp.
It’s also really sad to use these companies in my opinion. Essay writing can be brilliant fun and a great way to consolidate your learning. I adore reading and always have, and typing up complex but clear arguments has been known to give me chills up and down my spine. I want to pass this enthusiasm on to you.