International Day of the Midwife 2018

May 4, 2018

The 5th May is recognised as the International Day of the Midwife – a day to celebrate and appreciate the work of midwives all around the world. At ReproMed, we have an exceptional team of midwives that dedicate their professional lives to helping men and women through one of the most significant journeys of their lives. Considering it is the International Day of the Midwife, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to discuss some aspects of midwifery with our team, to better understand their work. We sat down with some of our midwives and asked them some questions that were on our minds: what made you want to become a midwife? Do you find it to be a rewarding career, and what are the challenges midwives face?

Firstly, we asked our midwives why they decided to become midwives and their answers were largely the same. Each of them have a passion for women’s health, and feel privileged to care for women at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. Also, they explained that helping to bring new life into the world is a surreal experience, and even though they have been midwives for many years, the excitement and joy they feel never gets old.

Having discussed why they chose a career in midwifery, we asked if they face many challenges in their work. Their responses were varied, and explained that as with every career, there are a variety of challenges faced. For example, one of our midwives described midwifery as a rollercoaster ride: there are plenty of ups and downs, such as dealing with successful deliveries and those which can be complicated or unsuccessful. Also, midwifery requires a phenomenal amount of energy as you can be delivering babies at all hours of the day and a single delivery can last hours. Also, another of our midwives explained that it can be difficult advocating for a woman, ensuring she is heard and understood. In addition, there can be conflicting opinions between the woman and the midwife and doctor, regarding what is best for the woman and baby, and what the woman would prefer.

The final question our midwives were asked was ‘is it a rewarding career?’, to which they all replied “Absolutely!”. Knowing that you have helped people during a period of severe stress and vulnerability is a surreal feeling, along with having the privilege of sharing such an important moment in peoples’ lives.

Happy International Midwives Day to all the Midwives we have on staff!

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