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Blogging Responsibly As A Midwife

Blogging Responsibly As A Midwife

Have I mentioned to you that I’m a liar?

A big, fat, pants on fire liar.
I’ll get back to why this is the case, and why I’m OK with that at the end of this post.

But first I want to talk about midwifery blogging in general. I’ve seen a lot of new midwifery blogs start up in the last 6 months. This is wonderful – midwives learn by storytelling, and the internet is an amazing place to share stories.

But there are things to get right to make sure your blog is written in the best ethical way.

Blogging responsibly as a midwife can feel like such troubled waters.

Many of us wonder ‘am I OK to do this at all?'

That can lead to feeling demoralised, and not publishing brilliant posts that you've taken loads of time over.

I want to give you 4 writing tools, to make sure your posts are as professional and woman centred as your practice.

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August 18, 2015 10

The 2 Most Important Things I Learnt From Attending My First Birth

The 2 Most Important Things I Learnt From Attending My First Birth

To say that the above was the most exciting text of my life would be an understatement.

Sarah, who earlier in the day was lamenting being 40 weeks with no sign of labour, had cranked up to contracting every few minutes. When the homebirth midwives arrived, they could hear that she was feeling 'pushy'.

5 months as a student midwife, and I'd not seen a birth.

I'd done clinics, palpation, made long lasting professional friendships with women, and so on (and yes I was very fired up and satisfied by these).
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August 3, 2015 2

Interesting Facts About Midwifery In America

Interesting Facts About Midwifery In America

In our second year of midwifery training, one of our tutors played us a video.

An American woman, running on endorphins and with a pendulous bump is pushing in a birth pool. It looks like early morning, as pale light is getting in through gaps in the curtains. It's a serene and poster perfect sight.

The baby is born and the mother catches him herself, their cord twisting back into the water. 

And then she looks up, worried, as a midwife suddenly begins to suction her baby’s nose and throat with a bulb syringe. There's a collective groan in the room from my student colleagues. (more…)

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