I'll be honest - writing my second midwifery novel isn't going well today. But instead of having a self-induced meltdown, I'm sat here writing this with a liquorice, fennel, thyme and orange peel blend tea. This has been inspired by today's interview with independent midwife Joy Horner (and replaces my 'rocket fuel' coffee that I usually have, so is a bigger deal than it might sound). It helps no end to realise there are wise women like Joy out there. I bet you'll find her just as uplifting as I do.(more…)
Once when I was a student midwife on labour ward, I was reading a leaflet trying to entice junior doctors to go into obstetrics. The leaflet was talking about the blend of medical and surgical skills, young patients, the challenge of emergency situations and the rewards of working with new families.
But for me, there was a spark missing.
Then I realised what was wrong: there was nothing about advocating for women. In fact, the leaflet didn’t mention the word 'women' once.