You remember Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars?
He had huge potential to have a positive impact in a galaxy a long time ago and far, far away.
And then for complicated reasons he ended up as a scary powerful man.
This is kind of what's happening with the Nursing and Midwifery Council right now. The Nursing and Midwifery Council is a very good thing. It regulates nurses and midwives in the UK and is vital for standards and the public's level of trust so care can be achieved.
But when the Nursing and Midwifery Council start working against a group of its registrants, we have a problem. And in a democracy, we get to point out when a government body is causing a problem.
(I wish I'd come up with the Star Wars metaphor but it's from a much better woman than me who used to be one of my midwifery lecturers. I won't mention her name in case she doesn't want it to be on a blog, but thanks for your feisty teaching, always.)
Whenever you stand up for something you believe in, it's scary. I have those fears too (what will people think of me? Do I have the right to question what's going on? Who am I to decide this bit of government guidance is silly?)
The thing is, especially if you're a midwife, you want to become a midwife, a mother, ever want to become a mother, or you love any person that falls into these categories, this fight is yours.
This is something that affects you. In most places in the UK you can no longer choose a known midwife to be with you across pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
This is wrong and we don't do something about it, who will?
There are some things you can do to help:
Take the quiz and share it with anyone who might like it.
Sign the official petition: (For reasons too uninteresting and complicated to mention there have been a few petitions, please forgive us and if you haven't signed this official one, please do) The Official Independent Midwives Petition
There are also some really good things going on via Twitter and Facebook, see #savethemidwife (including a photo campaign).It's a really basic thing independent midwives are asking for.
They just want government guidance on the type of insurance they need so they can get back to caring for clients.
This might be the beginning of midwives getting more political. I'd love that because they are good, moral, sensible and hardworking people, exactly the kind of people I want being involved in the way our country is run.
If this isn't your thing, that's ok, I hope you find a cause that is.
It's an honour to be involved in a fight for the rights of independent midwives and their clients. This kind of strength of character is what I'm most encouraged by in life.
Do leave me a comment letting me know....would you ever employ an independent midwife yourself? Why/why not? Do you think women should have the right to employ one?
Have a wonderful week, Ellie x