I was curious...
I work with some wonderful midwives to be. They work incredibly hard well before they get to a midwifery course, and they love the volunteer work and study they're completing.
I wanted to hear why they thought midwifery was so important. Some of them juggle kids, study, paid work and volunteering, and I wanted to know what drives someone towards midwifery. So I set up a competition on Facebook, asking them 'why are midwives important?'.
As a prize I offered 3 signed copies of my book. I had some fabulous entries, and it was really hard to choose. But I've come up with three competition winners! In no particular order:
Linzi: 'Midwives are important because...'
Even though midwifery practice is always changing, the physical aspects, and emotional psychology surrounding childbirth and pregnancy will always remain the same. Therefore the role of a midwife will always be essential.
The best midwives I believe are not those that were born 'naturally clever' although they are able to broaden their knowledge academically. They are instead those who have the natural ability to care for others selflessly.
A midwife 'back in the day' was hired as she could empower and guide women through childbirth. That is the root of why midwives are important and what the core requirement is.
Philippa: 'Midwives are important because...'
They push women to realise their potential, and realise that medicalisation of labour is not their only option. They build trusting relationships so that fear does not hold women back from voicing concerns. They help create a positive experience and eliminate unease.
And Kim: 'Midwives are important because...'
Midwifery is important as the role can sometimes be the difference between life and death. Trusting, competent, compassionate midwifery empowers and encourages women to safely and positively welcome their children into the world.