Ah yes, if I had a pound for every time a client or their relatives said that to me, I probably wouldn’t need to do many bank shifts. I could get rich off that statement! If you don’t already know, I am indeed young – twenty three years young to be exact – and I qualified and became a registered midwife at 21, then started my current Midwife role two days after my 22nd birthday – Lit right?
Whilst we were in our final year of studies, I used to have minor anxieties about whether I could handle the responsibility of being midwife at 21/22 – like I remember saying in a class one day “Guys, I don’t think I can do this – I’M TOO YOUNG”. However, I soon caught myself, verbally slapped myself out of those thoughts and reminded myself that I didn’t just bust my ass for three years, to be like “Nah son!”. I was going to complete this!
Fast forward to June 2017, and I’m a year deep into this role – which I adore – but which also drives me crazy at the same time. Being a midwife in this current (N)ational (H)ealth (S)ituation is so overwhelming; the poor staffing levels, the level of demand, the on calls (Oh God, the on-calls *cries in sleep deprivation*) – the list is endless. However, I’m proud to say I’m a year older, the grind still continues and I really do enjoy my job. I’ve been working in the community for the last seven months, and the amount of amazing women and families I have met – It makes me so happy that I can accompany them along their journeys and witness a beautiful ending.
Here, I’ve got to throw a big shout out to my girlies at work: Sarah L & the entire CSB *smiles to self* #InsideJoke – Thank you for your endless banter, the floods of tears we share through laughter and sheer madness, for the after-work activities and just simply keeping me sane. ❤
To anyone thinking of joining the world of Midwifery (without writing too many tips because I’m going to save that for another post), I would say just make sure you are mentally ready to be put through your paces, and remember you were a person before you became a midwife – do not let the responsibility and stress overwhelm you. Oh, and no matter how young or old you are, you can do anything your mind too – regardless of the field or career you want to pursue – Nothing is impossible.
Whoooo I feel like I just had an Oprah-Iyanla moment LOL! Anyway guys, I cannot thank you enough for reading – Please bare with me, as I add more and more to this blog, I’m constantly trying to get it right!