Today – May 5th – is International Day of the Midwife. The internationally recognised day for highlighting and honouring the work of midwives.
It’s a job I’ve never been inclined to sign up for, and before having a baby I truly had no idea or appreciation for what those in this profession do for babies, mothers, whanau – our future generation.
It’s 24-7 physical, medical, psychological and emotional care of society’s most vulnerable – babies, mums of newborns, and families adjusting to their first, second, fifth, or tenth child. Their every decision has the potential for life or death, and of empowering or unintentionally discouraging a mother or father who is on the fragile path of learning the ways of their new baby.
After our experience of pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood, I think midwives (particularly the good ones) should be some of the highest paid and praised professionals. Sadly, this isn’t the case.
In New Zealand we have a midwife shortage, which has been in the news a bit lately, and they’re doing it tough. To read more about what midwives in New Zealand are going through, have a look at Emily Writes’ The Spinoff article: “Midwives in their own words: ‘We are only human’”
Tristan, Albie and I were so incredibly blessed to have a midwife, Kelly, who went completely above and beyond to ensure the safety and support of Albie and I. I could say so much about all that she did and said (or didn’t say) – but for now, I’ll just say that we will be forever grateful.
On this International Day of the Midwife, five and a half months after the birth of my first baby, my appreciation for the work our midwives do to bring our babies into the world is huge, and I’m so grateful for their incredible influence on whanau.
If you’re currently being cared for by an awesome midwife, or still in touch with one, take a moment to share a word of appreciation or encouragement for them today.
Photo: My midwife, Kelly, taking photos of our little family on her last visit – one of the many things she did for us which was over and above her call of duty.