Why would you want to be a Midwife?

So, why would you want to become a midwife?

The future of the NHS as I write is looking very uncertain and possibly fragmented. There will be an increase in the involvement of private health care providers, nobody knows what it’s going to look like, but there are already changes happening. On the Wirral, there is a new company called One-to-One Midwifery, who are doing a fantastic job of providing home births and maternity services to the women living there. They have been subcontracted by the NHS to do this work, and are doing it very successfully. As a future-qualifying midwife, you may find yourself applying to the private sector for a job, the days of automatically being employed by the NHS Trust where you have qualified are over.

In the NHS itself, resources are tight, and the quality of service provided has at times been affected, becoming visible in some newspaper stories about women treated very badly during their labour and birth. I would argue that no midwife wants a woman to feel she has been mistreated, but sometimes the pressure of work is enormous.

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Despite all the uncertainty about the political landscape and the future of the NHS, there is still a huge amount of energy in the profession, and a strong commitment to provide the best possible care to the women we look after. I have been inspired so many times by my midwife mentors, and their consideration for the women they look after, their determination to do the best they can even in difficult circumstances. They give me the strength to continue even when I am exhausted and wondering how I can go on.

I can and do encourage women (and men!) to join the Midwifery profession, it is an honourable and ancient profession, it’s all about being together with women, supporting them, helping them through the most difficult and amazing day of their life.

What could possibly be better than that?

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