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Criticism Of Midwifery Practice

Criticism Of Midwifery Practice

6 Ways To Cope With Criticism of Midwifery Practice

This post is a Midwife Motivation Monday! Monday is the day I publish posts for inspiration in this crazy, life-affirming and life-expanding job of ours.

Coping with criticism of midwifery practice can be really difficult. Whether you're a new student or an experienced practitioner, we all get criticised, and it can be emotionally draining. So if you feel like you could handle improving your reaction to criticism of midwifery practice, this post is for you.

May 11, 2014 5

Midwifery Interview Preparation

Midwifery Interview Preparation

Hi again midwives in the making, this is the fourth and final MidwifeDiaries Interview School tutorial. This post is all about the basics of midwifery interview preparation - get these bits and pieces right and you'll be well on your way to being an excellent candidate! Whether you've newly decided you want to become a midwife and you're  feeling like you don't know where to begin with your midwifery interview preparation, or you've got loads of knowledge already and just need to put it together, Interview School can help you on your way to success (without you coming across as trying too hard or like you're using 'stock answers' - more on this later).


May 6, 2014 0

Coping with Nervousness In Your Midwifery Interview

Coping with Nervousness In Your Midwifery Interview

Hello midwives in the making, this is the second Midwife Diaries' Interview School post! Interview school is designed to help you become an exceptional candidate when applying to become a student midwife.

Strong candidates that would make excellent midwives and can walk the walk can't necessarily talk the talk.  Midwife Diaries’ Interview School can help – and it’s free!

April 21, 2014 2

Nightshift Exhaustion

Nightshift Exhaustion

Erg, nightshift is hard. I tend to cope ok on shift - just about - but for two days after I'm fatigued. All I seem to be able to do is sit and watch youtube videos.

Well, not quite, I've done a bit of housework today but when I got up this morning I realised we'd lost the sink, the carpet and the spare room to general clutter so I didn't really have a choice. It feels much nicer to be sleepy in a tidy room.

April 16, 2014 2

11 Responses

  1. Hi I’m 12 and hope to become a midwife when I am older do you have any tips or know anything I could work on now towards it??

    • Hi Katie, thanks for you comment, wow you’re very focused at such a young age! I would come and subscribe to for free blog posts on midwifery which are up to date, I have fun with them too so they’re good to read! Volunteering with people is always a good thing to do to develop your transferrable skills, could you get involved via your school with any caring volunteer positions? I’d also start to read everything you can get your hands on midwifery wise, and perhaps come over to the Secret Community for Midwives in the Making on Facebook for an idea of what midwives talk about x

  2. I love your blog and am currently reading your book. Unfortunately, I am from the US so the educational path and such is much different than what you describe in the UK. Do you know of any American midwife blogs? I’ve tried searching online but most are very, very established in their careers and the things they write about are so far off from where I am in my journey to be a midwife.

    • Hi Alicia,

      Great question! I don’t know many American midwife blogs sadly, though MidwifeThinking is a great Australian one, and is one of my favourite UK ones. Please do let me know if you find any good American midwife blogs, I’m always on the lookout! x

  3. Hi Ellie,
    I just wanted to share a bit of the furore that is occurring in the Queensland state of Australia. Obstetricians are moaning about the poor outcomes etc etc of midwifery led care.
    I thought we were passed all this but apparently not.

  4. Pille

    Hi Ellie,
    I’m a first year student midwife, and would eventually like to work as a midwife on First Nations reserves in Canada. Do you have any contacts who have trained as a midwife in the uk and moved over to Canada? Or do you yourself have any idea how the transfer would work?

    • Rachel Wild

      Hi Ellie – if you particularly want to work for First Nations’ families I would first contact some of the Aboriginal health organisations or governance bodies to scope out how they would see a midwife from the UK working out. Perhaps you have First Nations/ Aboriginal heritage yourself, but if not you’d need to consider the implications of working as a outsider in communities that have a history of colonialism harming their existing birth cultures. e.g. also your immigration and work visa would be through the Canadian government but perhaps you could also ask permission of First Nation government for the area you’d like to practice in?

  5. Miroslava

    Hi Ellie, i am a second year student of midwifery in Slovakia.
    I would like to ask you, what’s your posture for needs of women who are in puerperium ? What is your opinion for lactation and sports activities in postpartal period?

    Thanks, for answer 🙂

  6. Alysia

    Hello, I have always been interested in midwifery at young age. At the moment, I am a Senior in high school and I am writing a paper on a career that I am interested in. I am required to have an interview with a midwife for research for my pages.Would you mind if I interviewed you for the role?

  7. Keeley

    I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to win a free month of your personal statement school! I’m a 33(nearly!) year young working Mum of 2, retaking 2 of my GCSE’s, training to become a breastfeeding peer supporter, and trying to save as much as I can for 3 years without a wage and shed loads of student debt, with a mortgage! I’ve got your book which I LOVE! But I am still struggling on how to even get started!!! And what experience I have that’s relevant enough to be worthy of going on my statement to stand out! I’ll be applying in Sept 19, to hopefully get a place in Sept 2020, so this would be amazing!!! Pretty pretty pretty please!!!! ??????

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