Dec 28, 2011

So many things to plan for!

It is so hard to conceptualise how to make my dream a reality. I'm only one person, and yet I want to take midwifery to the masses? What kind of crazy am I?

The enthusiastic crazy! The logical, maybe I missed my calling to go into logistics, type. The "I've got the whole of 2012 to think this over" kind.

On the other hand, I see so many of my friends have poor experiences with their pregnancy and birth, in ways that I don't see when friends birth with a known midwife. Or even when they have births that they want, rather than the supposedly unrealistic expectation that birth shouldn't suck.

Today's excitement is brought to you by boxes, tape guns and stinky pens because - we've started packing our house up to move. Movers are here on Monday. So in order to procrastinate best, I've made a list of things to do:

  • Enrol in MidPLUS for my continuing professional development now that I'm a graduand and a registered midwife
  • Buy scales for weighing babies on
  • Look at becoming a childbirth educator
  • Investigate the options already available in my new town
  • Buy an overlocker Check that anyone is reading this blog
  • Look at and commit to some courses for the year
And in the meantime, I'm going to go pack at least one room today.

Dec 23, 2011


Serendipity is:
Discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things you are not in quest of.

That kind of sums up how I'm feeling at the moment. I was a little worried about getting decompression sickness after such a heinously stressful year, but so far I'm not doing too badly. There have been a few serendipitous moments recently, and I'm trying to be in the moment rather than fretting about 2012. Which is next week.

I am taking some down time though - it is Solstice for me, Christmas for many others, and a time of transition for my whole family. So for the next week or two I think I'll just try and soak up some warmth and enjoy my life.

Here are some things that are bubbling in my mind though:

  • I need to buy a set of baby scales. And a new lens for my camera. And 
  • I am reading some interesting websites at the moment:
    • BirthWorks (cause it just *does*)
    • LazyDaisy (loving their logo)
    • NICE guidelines on postnatal care (*yawn* not the most inspiring)
    • Birthing Rites Australia
    • Birth Right 
  • I am in need of a holiday from work before I start as a midwife but that aint going to happen now.
  • This afternoon I'm off to meet with my first client as a registered midwife and that's pretty exciting, scary and fun!

Dec 19, 2011

Pondering my future

I got the most amazing and boring "automatically generated" email the other day.

The one that said I am now finished my Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of South Australia.

That makes me a graduand until 30 March 2012 when I become a graduate.

My registration will hopefully be processed this week - that's all I want for Solstice!

Dec 10, 2011

What is a midwife?

It's kind of important that I share some background to what I want to do so why not with a short primer about what a midwife is and what we do!

Midwives think of pregnancy and birth as a normal, physiological and social event that has lifelong consequences to the woman and her family. Midwives should be involved to monitor progress and guide the woman but is not there to make the decisions for her.

Midwifery-led care is a type of primary health care - a type of care that should be the first considered for women who are wanting to get pregnant, or are pregnant. Fifteen years ago, the World Health Organisation acknowledge midwives as the “most appropriate primary health care provider to be assigned to the care of normal birth” - something that applies in Australia just as much as in the developing world.

The word midwife means "with woman". It's not about being a woman or a wife and yes, there are in fact male midwives! The midwife's scope of practice is from pre-conception through pregnancy, labour, birth and the first 6 weeks of parenthood. That's about a year's worth of professional service.

Midwives provide women-centred care - the journey should have her at the centre, and information should come to her so that she can make decisions that are informed and relevant to her and her family. The woman remains in control of her care - she is aware of her options and she is in charge of her pregnancy. This is a different model from the illness, medically-supervised model many people think of with pregnancy, but is the safest model of care for women undergoing a normal part of being human.

Midwives are trained professionals, skilled in care of women and their babies, and educated in emergency skills as well. They use many tools - their hands most importantly, their observational skills and reflecting on how the woman is today compared to previous visits, as well as tools, diagnostic tests and information provided by others.

The benefits of care with a midwife through the whole journey are measurable:
* less intervention in pregnancy with similar, if not better, health outcomes for mother and baby;
* less intervention in labour and birth with similar, if not better, health outcomes for mother and baby;
* less need for pain relief such as an epidural in labour;
* higher success rates for normal birth;
* higher success rates for vaginal birth after previous caesarean section, with similar, if not better, health outcomes for mother and baby;
* higher success rates of breastfeeding.

Midwives are practitioners in their own right, with a defined scope of practice which means that they work in partnership with other practitioners - doctors, for example - and refer the woman on to other providers for care, support or treatment during the pregnancy, labour and early parenthood. This provides the necessary support to the woman, and ideally should see the woman remain under the care of the midwife still while also seeing other care providers.

Midwives are trained to provide care to newborns and infants as well, to attend births as independent professionals, to promote normal birth, to provide preventative measures for a range of situations. Midwives are able to work in many settings - hospitals, homes, the community, clinics and in lots of other places!

In the end, even if there are complexities or complications, the woman is still pregnant and still going to birth a babe and still going to be a new parent and that is why she still deserves midwifery care.

Dec 7, 2011

Planning - a survey!

Gosh where do I even start? Business name? Model? A new lens for my camera so I can show you some photos?

So many things to get my head around and such a crazy time of year.

Please go visit a fabulous survey to help me get started!

Dec 4, 2011

What is my dream?

"I am almost finished my Bachelor of Midwifery. My future map involves me working in the community as an independent midwife. 

There are only 2 independent midwives in my state now and I'm encouraged and inspired by them to increase that number by 50% as they both work at more than full capacity to provide women and families with care.

I am personally inspired to take normal pregnancy and birth back to the people – to work at a grassroots level in my own community to help women achieve great but almost boringly normal pregnancies and births. The money would be used to set up a clinic so women can access the gold standard of care in their local community – care with a known, qualified professional.

I would provide personalised care from preconception through to early parenting, including birth education and breastfeeding support, and eventually would share the space with other midwives in a developing group practice. I would also co-locate with other care providers who deal with pregnancies – such as physiotherapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, psychologists and doctors.

I need seed funding for business planning, clinic space, equipment, insurance, marketing, income to me while I establish the business. As well as midwifery, I am also an amateur photographer and do a lot of energy, spiritual and craft work with women I care for – I plan on documenting this with my trusty camera (which is in need of a new lens) and blogging, writing, talking about it as I go! "

So there is a little bit more about me and my plans. I am most surprised to have won based on this entry because while it's my passion, heart and soul, it's really not that central an issue to most people.

But here I am!

Dec 2, 2011

Overcoming overwhelm

Well where do I start?

Perhaps a short introduction on myself. My name is Emma and I am mere weeks away from finishing my Bachelor of Midwifery degree and setting foot on a new path thanks to ING Direct.

I am 31, the mama of a lovely little person, wife to a lovely big person, sister to many, lover of coffee, anything red and white and spotty, and the proud driver of a Skoda.

That doesn't really tell you much huh.

Well, I'm not from Adelaide but a "recent" transplant to this fair city, from Sydney. We have just bought a house though, which is all kinds of terrifying as there are a lot of 000s involved in that transaction and it's a whole new ballgame to be buying a house rather than continuing to rent. So on top of having to get my head around the ability to turn my dream into a reality, I am also having to deal with banks, real estate agents, pest inspectors, removalists and so on!

Dec 1, 2011

Insert witty title here...

You know when you have a card issue and you get a call from your bank to tell you that your card's been cancelled and a new one is on its way? Well that happened to me last week. So when my bank then called me on Monday to say that I'd been selected at a winner of the Map Your Future competition, I was anticipating further bad news and instead - I won a huge hand up for my future!

This here blog will be about my plans, aspirations, falters and successes so stay tuned!