Often, in conversations about midwifery, pay parity, working conditions, the level of workforce crisis the profession is working within, the goal of leaders is building resilience. It is a word that is more and more commonly bandied about, as midwives are stretched thinner and thinner in every possible work area. Whether midwives are employed, self … Continue reading On why resilience shouldn’t be an end goal for midwives: Or anyone
I am finding it hard to write at the moment. I have been overwhelmed by topics that feel too big for my mouth, that cloud my eyes with a sea of rage, that can't be tamed. The myriad of topics that I want to write about are so large, and so important, but they just … Continue reading On what really matters
I'm gonna start by telling you a story. The morning sun streaked through a crack in the curtains, laying a line of bright light across the face of the person sleeping on the bed. They twitched, pulled a pillow across their face, settled back into deep, rhythmic breathing. The cat at the end of the … Continue reading On gender neutral pronouns.
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My beautiful, brave foster daughter has started her own blog, which details her journey out of addiction. It is raw, it is powerful, and it is making me all of the proud. I have ummed and ahhed about sharing my story with the world, many times thrown around the idea of writing a book with … Continue reading On being proud
Midwives are in the news again. We can't tell our stories as individuals, because we risk breaching professional boundaries and client confidentiality. Our hands are tied, from telling our stories as midwives. But. I am more than a midwife. I am a woman, and I can tell that story. One day at work, I saw … Continue reading On Breaking Points.
This is a phrase that my boss uses quite often, as a conversation started. What's on top for you today? As a person. As a team. As a service. As a group. What's on top for me? How do you even start to separate what is on top? It is international women's day again! That … Continue reading On What’s on top
Today, I heard some inspirational words: Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching. Do what is Right, not what is policy. Shame is too blunt an instrument ever to be used to effect any kind of change. I heard more words of pain, from caring people wrung out by a thankless task: We have lost … Continue reading On Roaring
This last couple of weeks has really challenged my plan to Rise Above. I hoped to follow this advice: Whether it comes from Lao Tzu or not, it sounds smart. But, it seems like the world is conspiring to bring me to my knees. This week was "one of those weeks". I have been sick, … Continue reading On Rising Above
A young friend of mine, who I am incredibly proud of, wanted to share these words with a wider audience. I have formatted them, and corrected some spelling, but the words, and the thoughts, are all hers. I have used drugs for ten years of my life in one way or another, but recently upon … Continue reading **Guest Post** Love the addicts in your life.