Ok, I have some biiig things to tell you about in this post. MidwifeDiaries has been growing and now has over 600 subscribers, from all over the world, which is just incredible!! (not to mention the 1500+ in the Secret Community For Midwives In The Making on Facebook). You guys are the best!
And you know that holiday in Spain?
Well....we never came back!
Midwife Diaries headquarters is now a crumbling Cortijo (house) in the Costa Tropical. To give you an idea of a typical day around here, yesterday a goat fell off a hill into our garden, flat onto its back, and staggered around for a bit before fighting it out through the cactus patch. And it's cold! Who knew Spain had chilly winters?
We're not here just for the fun of it though (don't get me started on how hard learning Spanish is!).
Spain is actually an integral part of how we're going to grow and improve Midwife Diaries.
First it's very cheap, so we can work on Midwife Diaries full time and still put food on the table. Second, it's a distraction free place to work and write from (including writing my top secret novel...). Moving to our Spanish writers retreat is the most significant step in our commitment to this amazing community.
I am 100% committed to Midwife Diaries. To helping applicants 'think like a midwife', supporting students and midwives through learning and tough times, to be the best midwife they can be and love their career. There are some really exciting projects in the pipeline for Midwife Diaries.
I work with James, my partner, who is the technical support and co-creative force behind Midwife Diaries. You can see him here:
He's been with me throughout qualifying and my career, and is a very talented bloke, as well as having an excellent
enforced understanding of what midwives go through and need.
So our first big project: Stop Motion.
I've been running an interview support service for midwifery applicants for a while now. It's something I find rewarding, as the enthusiasm for midwifery these applicants have is incredible. I love seeing students improve their answers and start thinking like a midwife.
I especially love it when I hear from a student after a mock interview and they've finally got their much-coveted course place!
So, I said to James 'We need to get the word out. There are spaces on my list, and everyone I talk to is surprised by the existence of online one-on-one support for midwifery interviews! Let's do a stop motion to tell them all about it! It'll be a twenty minute job!'
And his little face fell.
'Ellie, do you have any idea how difficult a stop motion is? How many frames you need...'
But I was off, storyboarding, getting the whiteboard and setting up the camera, bouncing off the walls.
Three days. Three days. Of minute changes to drawings, editing and blood, sweat and tears. Poor James, it was my idea and his execution. This stop motion was actually made with the whiteboard on the floor and the camera tripod hanging off the stairs, meaning he got really sore knees.
Anyway this is what we came up with:
What do you think?! Please let me know in the comments below, and especially if you're an applicant looking for some support I'd love to hear from you.
As always, if you've got something you'd like me to cover in a post or a video, either leave a comment or use the contact page.
Once again, thanks so much for following Midwife Diaries. This is a resource made for you, by a midwife (me!) and a useful bloke who 'gets' you (James). I'm totally yours and want to hear what you have to say.