These two pictures are of myself, and my babies – born two and a half years apart, under the loving guidance of the same, beautiful midwife.
My midwife knew me. And not on some superficial “how’s your day been?” level.
She knew what was important to me. She knew what I was afraid of. She knew my own birth story. She recognised when things were changing in my pregnancies. She supported me flawlessly through some scary bits, gave me confidence and patience through the boring bits, and made me feel like an absolute goddess during the birthing bits.
It was because of the unbelievable care of my midwife that I became a midwife myself. And it is because of the care of my midwife that I am such a staunch supporter of midwifery-led continuity of care during pregnancy.
One week ago, I wrote a little midwifery blog post in my tiny little Facebook blogging space.
Since then, it’s been shared over 3000 times, and viewed by over 480,000 people across the globe.
This has absolutely blown my mind.
It seems that there are literally thousands of people who are feeling as dismayed as I am about the state of midwifery services, not only in this country, but around the world.
Current literature tells us that midwifery-led continuity of care models represent the “gold-standard” of care, even for women experiencing risk factors within their pregnancies (see links below).
And as someone who has personally experienced it – twice – I firmly and passionately believe that every single pregnant woman should be able to access that service if she wishes to.
As I’ve said all along, this isn’t just about homebirth. It’s about having access to a known midwife, or midwives, who provide support from the beginning to the end of the pregnancy continuum.
Women deserve choice of caregiver – it’s as simple as that.
Have a read of the links if you’re interested in a bit of peer-reviewed evidence. And go ahead and share your own stories in the comments if you feel inclined.