Day of the Midwife 2017

Happy International Day of the Midwife to all of you! Whether you’ve just discovered your passion, you’re applying for a place, you’re a current student, a qualified midwife or a retired one. Today is a day to celebrate the magic we are a part of.

I’ve been thinking about what midwifery means to me. Firstly, it means hard work. Three years of applying, and four years of working my butt off to get the grades, and now to get the money together. It has been a long journey just to get to the starting line, but I am just four months away from my first day as a student midwife!

4415-8_midwifery_serviceMidwifery is a science, requiring a lot of academic commitment and hours spent with your head in a book or a journal. Midwifery is an art, a beautiful privilege for those who practice it. Each family needs to be looked like a separate but equally important piece of art. They require detail, individual attention, and time.

 

Midwifery is a struggle. It is physically difficult, bent down to observe the person in whatever position contractions have put them in. It is emotionally draining, because everyone has problems and we are there to help.

But most of all, midwifery is a gift. We are a part of people’s proudest and most important moments. We are the person they call when baby does something to worry them. We are the trusted heart and hands.

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I can’t lie, I got very emotional watching Sheena Byrom’s video this morning, which includes messages from midwives all over the world. It really got me thinking: we’re one of the oldest professions in the world. We are a part of every culture across the globe, in one form or another. We’re a strong community of people that are there 24/7 every day of the year. We are so vital.

 

So here’s to us! The midwives of the world, with woman no matter the outcomes. How are you celebrating today? ❀

 

Monday Motivation: girls with goals

So we’ve all seen #mondaymotivation, attached to pictures of gorgeous bodies or stuffed purses. But what does a midwife’s Monday motivation look like? And why is it important to have?

First of all, I firmly believe that it’s much harder to work for something when you don’t know what it is you’re working for. I’m a very visual person, I always have been, so I always need to have a visual goal. For the last few years, it’s been a page from the Dundalk Institute of Technology prospectus, the page that outlines the midwifery course. I think it came from a 2011 prospectus, and I still have it! So every day for the last six years, that page has motivated me.

Monday motivation is like a little extension of this. There’s an endless amount of hashtags out there, meant to inspire. Sometimes I think they have the opposite affect, turning life into some kind of competition (but that’s a whole other rant for a different day!).

Quotes to Remind You to Never Miss a Monday!:
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Now, I can’t speak for everyone but I know that if I’m doing seven twelve or thirteen hour shifts per fortnight, I’m fierce lazy on my days off. I spend the day in my pajamas with Netflix on. I disgust myself, because there are so many better ways to spend my time! I have a whiteboard at the end of my bed, and every week I write a to-do list on it. It feels amazing crossing things off that weekly list, to see my productivity. So why not harness #mondaymotivation and on a monthly basis set myself a bigger goal?

Whether it’s a professional goal to read one new piece of research every week (or one a month), or a fitness goal to get out and start running, or a fun goal like saying you want to doodle dinosaurs every night before you go asleep, I think we should make these goals. We should commit to them in some way, be it posting on instagram or keeping a journal and tracking our progress. And we should have fun!

 

So I am today making a commitment to drawing. I was always drawing as a kid, I have more scraps of paper around the house than I do hairs on my head (which is a lot). In the last few years, I haven’t done it as much. I recently bought an anatomical drawing book and I can’t wait to try it out!

What are you going to commit to? A doodle, a good book to finish four weeks from now, or something more wild and exciting? Let me know in the comments and we can all motivate each other! And if you get motivated in different ways, share it! You never know who you could inspire ❀

*featured image via krochetkids.org*