Over the last few days I've been seeing lots of Facebook and Twitter posts saying things like:
'The old midwifery forum I used to love has closed down, where can I get study and application support from now?'
'Midwifery Facebook groups are awesome but I used to like chatting knowing I was anonymous, it's such a shame a certain midwifery forum is gone.'
It just sort of clicked. I thought 'We can do this. We can launch a forum. If aspiring, student and qualified midwives want a FREE platform to fill with their resources and support, we should do everything possible to get it going. Today!'
So over the last few days James and I have worked (fairly continuously) to get it up and running.
I promise that this resource will always be free.
So why is it scary?
Well, we have no idea if this will take off or not. We're putting a lot of time and effort in and we might learn the hard way that it's actually not that easy to get a forum going.
It's sort of up to you lot. No pressure, haha!
You can start threads on anything you want. This is probably going to take a little while to get going. We're rebuilding midwifery knowledge here and hopefully all that story telling and support will slot back into place.
It's ok, I have no particular cherished outcome in terms of it being 'mine'. It's yours. Truly, I just want midwives to be able to connected in the best way possible.
As students and midwives I think we're all quite sensitive to love and pain and online forums can be a great way to safely get our emotions safely supported. As well as learning and swapping education and resources on how best to care for women and babies.
I've run a Facebook group version of this for a long time but a forum means you can be totally anonymous. When it comes to midwifery, which is such a responsible profession, this can make all the difference to your ability to get help.
I was up working early this morning and there was the most phenomenal sunrise.
The clouds were scattergunned across a blue and orange backdrop and I thought, ok, I'll take that powerful sunrise as a sign we're on the right track and twist it into good work for today.
Bonkers, right? But don't tell me you've never thought that on the way to work!
Midwifery is so hard right now! Being a student, newly qualified midwife, independent midwife - whatever, there are so many challenges and strange governmental and NMC decisions going on.
Let's make a place where we can all talk together and try and get some stuff sorted. Or just be there for each other!
I'd love it if you signed up, came and introduced yourself.
Sign Up For The Forum Here
Once you've signed up, could you share one piece of wisdom on any thread?
This could be a tip about personal statements, how you found the application process, a piece of research you've found on perineal care, a recipe that's quick and easy to make for your family around placement, a mental health coping strategy, information on how to use a pinard, or just a recommendation for a good TV show that you wind down with.
As always I know how busy you are and so appreciate you letting me write for you. And being part of whatever crazy midwifery support plan we've got going!
p.s. there will be prizes for the best comments on the forum, more on this soon!!