I talked at an amazing conference last week (it was put together by The Infant Loss Foundation, do go if you ever get the chance). I loved meeting everyone but there's still that stomach swoop moment when the room goes quiet and you have to start talking...
Then I try hard to remember that the moment isn't about me. It's selfish to get nervous. Far better to enjoy the ride and put all of your attention on the people who have turned up to learn.
From speaking to some amazing professionals at the conference, I don't think that nervous feeling ever goes away, in midwifery, public speaking about midwifery, or anything else worth doing.
There's always that terrifying moment of stepping into the arena.
Today's post is written by Mums who appreciate midwifery care. I think it helps sometimes to put your attention on the women and what they're saying, to get out of your own head.
This helps with the nerves that can come with midwifery (it's a huge role!).
Also, we get so overcome by the tiny details that we forget that most women have a positive experience with care in the UK and that's amazing when you think about the lack of resources.