The first midwife I had was called Lorraine, she was marmite, you either loved her or you hated her. I liked her but my husband and mum didn’t. She was really assertive, which some may see as bossy but it just gave me way more confidence. I asked her for my epidural expecting to be talked out of it, but she sorted it straight away with no fuss. The next midwife came on duty with a student and they were really sweet, the poor things had to empty my bladder twice. The next midwife then came on duty who was also really kind and was there for me starting to push, I ended up trumping in the poor woman’s face! I was in labour for so long that Lorraine came back on shift to see me through my c-section and again I was so happy to have her assertiveness back. She ended up also changing both of Rory’s meconium poo’s as Rich had gone home and I was in recovery. Labour really opened my eyes up to what midwives really have to do day in and day out and they really are troopers.
Georgina Clarke, Georgina Clarke Blog
The midwife who delivered Joseph, who was stillborn, went above and beyond her role to take care of me throughout my labour. She held me as I cried, encouraged me when I wanted to give up, and when he was born she held him and treated him just as she would any other baby. And although she could not attend his funeral due to work, she went to his grave afterwards and left flowers for him which really touched us.
– Laura Dove, Five Little Doves
My community midwife helped me to seek appropriate help and support to escape an abusive relationship after the birth of my son. She never judged and was there at the end of the phone even out of her official hours.
– Jen Mellor, Just Average Jen
It was quiet when I went in so I was blessed with two midwives and a student midwife in the room. They were all so amazing as I had a waterbirth. I just zoned out and listened to their advice as their guided me through the later stage. Couldn’t have done it without their help. t was quiet when I went in so I was blessed with two midwives and a student midwife in the room. They were all so amazing as I had a waterbirth. I just zoned out and listened to their advice as their guided me through the later stage. Couldn’t have done it without their help.
– Nadia Martine Eian Koch, Scandi Mummy
With my first born, my water broke ALL OVER the midwifes face and hair. I was so embarrassed at the time. She just giggled a bit and calmed me down…then popped to the shower. Haha.
– Sarah White, Whimsical Mumblings
I had a hospital midwife who recognised that something was wrong during a very long labour. Quite a few professionals had come and gone home from their shifts that night and she was the only one who spotted it. I call her my “Angel”. She came to see me on her lunch break a few days later to check everything was ok with my baby. I was delirious and never asked her name. I think about her often.
– Alison Pegrum, Five Little Stars
Despite it being her first day in the hospital (having moved back to the UK from NYC) and it being one of the busiest days they’d had, our midwife was so calm and collected. We’d never have known it was her first day! She was so friendly and supportive.
– Becca Tooth, Pears & Chocolate Sauce
I had a lovely Midwife. She stayed with me for 14 hours during my labour and was really supportive. My mother and family could not be with me and so she really stepped up and did a fantastic job. I’m glad I found a good midwife.
– Angela Milnes, The Inspiration Edit
My second baby was a home birth. I was so lucky to get continuity of care from my community midwife who was fab. The other midwives from the hospital didn’t want to support me at my home birth as I had previously had a c section but the second midwife had actually asked to support me, having had a home birth herself. She was so supportive and calming, I warmed to her instantly and they worked amazingly as a team giving me the birth I dreamt of. They’ll never know what their care meant to me, or healed me when I felt broken from a traumatic first birth.
– Nyomi Winter, Nomipalony
I am a midwife and I can hand on heart say that midwives care, they care so much. Often staying past shift end, missing breaks on 12 hour shifts, spending hours on the phone trying to make arrangements for families in need, trying their best to get specialists involved where they think necessary, spending whole shifts with no toilet stop, coming in on extra shifts to catch up on paperwork and admin, trying to divide yourself between 8 women and 8 babies during a shift and attempting to provide the best care you can to them all, missing out on Christmas with little ones…why? Because we are women and mothers too and we know what becoming a mummy means
– Helen Miller, Talking Mums