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Secret Community For Midwives In The Making

Secret Community For Midwives In The Making

I've started a group for Midwives in the Making on Facebook. You can find it here, and if you click 'join' I'll find your request.

I started The Secret Community For Midwives In The Making group (and in fact my site in general) because I believe advice for people wanting to become midwives, student midwives, and midwives themselves should be high quality, uncensored, and free where possible. (more…)

August 30, 2014 0

Midwifery Career Moves

Midwifery Career Moves

Hi midwives and midwives in the making, I hope you're having a good week. Whether you're on days, nights, split shifts or just a crazy any hour schedule  midwifery can get pretty exhausting, but I hope you're getting enough rest and spending some time on just you.

This is a Midwife Motivation Monday, just for you midwives and midwives in the making, to help you remember how exciting the career is 🙂
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August 25, 2014 1

Keeping Passionate About Midwifery

Keeping Passionate About Midwifery

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!
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August 11, 2014 1

Oxytocin And Stress

Oxytocin And Stress

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....
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June 30, 2014 2

Premature Birth And Survival

Premature Birth And Survival

Hello Midwives and Midwives in the making, this is another Midwife Motivation Monday! I post every Monday to help keep us focused 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.
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June 23, 2014 3

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 midwifediaries.com 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 SaraWickham.com 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. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/ama-queensland-seeks-urgent-change-to-way-maternal-services-delivered-in-queensland/news-story/5fa372d6478e4cdbba9de7977df224e1
    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. http://www.naho.ca/midwifery/ 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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