thehunbun reblogged your photoset: midwife-marlee: A heart shaped placenta :) After my daughter was born, I kept looking at the placenta saying things like, “I grew an entirely new organ! That supported a person for nine months! And then kicked it out when I was done with it!” Placentas are awesome. This is the best thing I have ever read about placenta.
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Sorry for the inactivity recently, the workload I have right now is ruining my social life! Thinking up a Midwifery 101 I can post to make it up to you all soon!
Having a bit of a soppy moment about my life and midwifery and how glad I am that I chose this path. Someone slap me before I start getting all gushy.
Had the nicest shift ever on delivery yesterday. Cared for the most lovely couple! Was gutted I wasn’t there to help deliver their little girl. I did go and visit them on the ward today though, couldn’t resist meeting their gorgeous little daughter. The dad was the most amazing birth partner I’ve ever come across, he was so tuned in to his wife and what she needed. The only...
In a lecture today...
Lecturer: Traditional Chinese medicine uses moxibustion to 'cure' breech pregnancies. It involves burning the Artemesia herb on the nail of the big toe...
Abby whispers to me: They burn the toe?!
Me: No! They burn the herb ON the toe.
Abby: What, on the baby's toe?
Me: Yes Abby, they go through the vagina, break the woman's waters and burn the herb on the toe of the fetus....
Me: Abby I'm kidding... They burn it on the mum's toe.
Abby: Ohhhhh well that makes more sense.
sittingon-topoftheworld asked: Your blog is amazing! I begin my training in september in london and its all i think about! Im very fortunate to have even gotten a place at uni! No doubt i will religiously check your blog now! Sorry for all the reblogs and likes just so much helpful and beautiful infomation and pictures!! Good luck with gaining a job and graduating!!
State of the World's Mothers →
Check out Save The Children’s latest report, you’ll be surprised at what they found!
Hope all my UK followers are enjoying the bank holiday! As for me, I’m off to a late shift on the delivery suite. Bank holidays don’t mean a day off to me anymore!
Happy International Day of the Midwife!
bijou156 reblogged your post: Difficult decisions You could apply for a job in England, but where are you from? Looking for jobs is always a gamble but I guess that if you see you have better chances of finding a job here in England, then go for it :) All that I know is that due to this economic crisis it is very difficult to find a job here in London ;_; but I think midwifery shouldn’t have...
dereksdinner asked: This in response to your post today. I don't know where home is for you, but in Ontario (Canada), Registered Midwives work in homes, birth centres or hospitals (from where they cannot be barred). Their services are covered by OHIP (the public health care system), and midwives are currently working to achieve pay equity with OB-GYNs (equal pay for equal service). Also, there are fewer...
chewbaccar asked: Where are you originally from? I love being able to read about your midwifery training and I've been able to ask you a few questions about Midwifery that I probably wouldn't have been able to find elsewhere. I'm from New Zealand which is pretty in touch with the UK and once I finish high school I'd love to get a degree in Midwifery whilst living in the UK so basically I'm...
Had a meeting with my academic advisor today, and we discussed what I was going to do when I graduated. I am desperate to go home and work as a midwife there. I’m a homebird, and as much as I love England I really wouldn’t be happy living here permanently. What I’m worried about is that jobs might not come up at home at the right time,or even worse, jobs might come up that I...
stumblingonyou asked: The documentary on the conditions in Liberia is literally why I wanted to become a midwife in the first place. I watched a documentary a long time ago on obstetric fistulas in thirteen/fourteen year old African wives, and I knew I wanted to do something to help. You're so lucky to be training to be a midwife already :)
Cutting cord early 'risk to babies' →
------- International Day of the Midwife 2013... →
“To celebrate this years IDM and help raise funds for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the RCM are asking members to embrace their creative sides and get baking midwifery inspired cakes. ”
Just worked out that as long as I pass every assignment from now on (a pass is 40%) I will walk out of uni with the minimum of a 2.2 degree classification. I’d love a 1st. I’m aiming for a 2.1. Unless I totally flunk out, I can’t get less than a 2.2. That’s cheered me up a fair bit!
Want to hear something depressing?
I’ve just got back off my night shift, during which I got my off duty for the next couple of months. I’m on seven weeks of nights shifts. I want to cry.
Night shift tomorrow. Obligatory stay-up-as-long-as-possible-tonight-so-I’ll-sleep-during-the-day-tomorrow thing. It’s just gone past my normal bed time and I’m already nodding off in my chair. It’s going to be a looooong night.
Had a lecture on global midwifery today, mainly focusing on midwifery in Indonesia and countries in the north of Africa. Some of the stories were awful! We were told about a woman who’d had a caesarean section two days ago, and was saying to the researcher that she hadn’t seen her baby yet and that it was with the ‘caretaker’. The researcher went off, and found out the...
I’m there to help her remember HER power, not to display mine. I’m there to...– (via sitarabird)
Mama Midwife: A Birth Adventure →
femaleisnotadisease: Cutest children’s book about the role of midwives and the normal, natural process of birth! Read online for free!
Anonymous asked: I plan to become a midwife one day but I also plan on having a full sleeve of tattoos. Are midwifes aloud tattoos? and will it risk my chance of ever becoming a midwife? )-:
Follow-up on badweathergoaway’s ask: Click here for a profile on a Supervisor of Midwives by the RCM. Click here for the NMCs official documents regarding Supervisors of Midwifery, including the leaflet given to women.
badweathergoaway asked: "mean mentors, rude midwives and an attitude of “I don't have time to teach you or speak to women properly” So I saw this and was disappointed that there were midwifes who had this type of attitude. My question is, are you allowed to voice your concern over a midwifes attitude if you're on placement? I don't think I be able to sit by and let someone be rude not only...
spiralingoutwards asked: Re: Doulas... I certainly hope no one - midwife, partner, etc - has ever seen my role as "replacing" them. My goal is to work as a part of the team to provide physical and emotional support. When my mamas have a midwife instead of an OB, my job is definitely easier, especially when they are giving birth at the midwife-run birth center. But my role stays the same, as does the...
Anonymous asked: I totally disagree with you about doulas. The best thing about our job as midwives, in my opinion, is supporting women. Building a relationship with that woman and her partner is the most fulfilling part of my role, and I think if a doula is brought in to that equation, all midwives are left with is the clinical role- we will basically become nurses.
chewbaccar asked: Could you please explain to me what a Doula is?
Anonymous asked: Oh wow, the question from your previous anon couldn't have been better timed for me... I'm having the exact same quandary, only I'm in 2nd year and I've had a few different mentors already. I've chosen to leave and return to my doula training instead. I just wanted to say thank you for being there for your other anon, and for me too I guess.