Here I am at Kingston and St Georges midwifery conference, 2018. Today there will be ten talks and events exploring the concept 'I Have a Voice' and I’ll be reporting on each of them in this series, ‘Notes on Midwifery Voices’.
Because I’m writing the second of a midwifery novel series (the first to be out later this year), running a big midwifery forum and trying to crack on with my own series of events on kindness in midwifery, I have a very solid policy I’ve decided on which is called ‘not taking anything else on in 2018’.
But during the last weeks of 2017, Dr Lesley Kay, senior midwifery lecturer at Kingston University and fascinating researcher of women’s birth stories, asked me to come to a midwifery conference in London which she was organising.
Most of us are in the middle of study or practice and getting ready for Christmas and are incredibly busy, but still wanting to know what’s going on with Independent Midwifery, so here we go. I don't know how to put a positive spin on this so I'll just tell you what I know.
This week I was talking to a friend who has a manual job in a warehouse. He's in his sixties, would describe himself as 'working class' and he said to me 'I couldn't believe how much I loved my son when he was born. I was so protective. Such a fierce, fiery love. But we're British, can't have any emotions, that's enough of that!'