International Day of the Midwife 2018
Here at Baby Lifeline we celebrate maternity health professionals every day, but each year the 5th May is dedicated to showing appreciation for midwives. We asked a first-time mother and a practising midwife to tell us why they think midwives are so special.
From the perspective of a first-time mother:
“On the 25th January 2017, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Artie. It was the most amazing, surreal moment and something I will never forget! I was lucky to have the water birth that I had always dreamed of, and with the hypnobirthing skills I had learnt, I only needed gas and air. People laugh at me when I say I enjoyed giving birth and I would do it again in a heartbeat. This was of course down to my supportive husband, but also my amazing midwife, Laura! From the moment we arrived at the Lucina Birth Centre I felt at ease and reassured that everything was ok. Being as this was my first baby I had never experienced any of these feelings before and obviously I had lots of questions. As much as we were feeling excited about meeting our baby, nerves were also playing a big part. My midwife gave me all the answers to my questions and I never felt like I was being patronised or asking a silly question.
I think one of the reasons I felt so relaxed in labour was Laura’s calm nature, not once did I feel like she was rushed or panicked.
My labour was pretty straightforward, I had lots of contractions throughout the night and then into the water around 5am. Laura would come and check on me and the Baby regularly, she would explain everything that she was doing and continue to reassure me that all was great and asking if there was anything she could do.
When it came to delivering Artie, my midwife was just incredible, giving me so much encouragement and support and I knew I was in the safest hands. She made me feel like Artie’s birth was a special occasion for her too.
Laura was on the night shift but not once did she mention that her shift should have ended and she stayed with me right through the whole delivery and aftercare. I literally couldn’t have done it without her! Once Laura had left I had two more amazing midwives who looked after us. From helping with feeding and making sure I was ok, to helping us put Artie in the car seat for the first time to take him home, a simple thing but something which is very scary to new parents!
I couldn’t thank them enough when we left and I don’t know where I would be without my team of angels who helped bring Artie safely into the world.” – Louise, Lucina Birth Centre, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
From the perspective of a midwife:
“To me, being a midwife is so special, it truly is the best job in the world. Women, babies and families make up the whole world and midwives get to be a big part of that. Being a leader in midwifery is about being authentic and genuine in why you are leading changes, being adaptable in the ways you engage colleagues and treating women as individuals and catering to their unique needs. My role, ‘Lead Midwife for Normality’ evokes discussions about what is ‘normal’. I see every woman as unique, their experiences may be perceived as normal to them but if they encounter challenges, or face difficulties, their midwife will be with them, listening and learning in order to provide the safest possible care. I feel honoured and privileged to work with my colleagues and women. Whether I am teaching staff or student midwives, or educating and informing women of their choices, I am and always will be grateful for my journey in the world and am proud to say I am a Midwife.” – Sharon, Walsall Manor Hospital.