I’m an American midwife who fell in love with a Brit. Three years ago we decided to move back to London to be closer to his family, and we’re settling in for the long haul here. However, the NMC (Nurse & Midwifery Council) won’t accept my American midwifery license, so I now find myself heading back to Midwifery School…again.
Back in 2005 I started a blog to chronicle my experience as a student midwife, the first time around. Now that I’m about to be a student midwife once more, it seemed only fitting to do the same again! Along the way, I’m going to provide as much news, information, resources and links as possible, as well as a hearty dose of my thoughts and opinions on midwifery, pregnancy, birth, and of course the differences between maternity care in America versus here in the UK.
I’m thrilled about plunging back into all things pregnancy and birth! A bit less thrilled about returning to student life again, but definitely looking forward to learning new things, meeting new friends (and future colleagues), refreshing my skills, experiencing the NHS from the front-lines and working in a country where midwifery care is the norm rather than the exception.
To protect the identity and confidentiality of my patients, co-workers, employers, colleagues, fellow students and professors, all names and identifiers have been omitted, with the exception of the researchers, authors and journalists I cite. Personal details and cases will only be shared with the explicit consent of the families involved.
I welcome all submissions! If you’ve recently seen or experienced a glorious birth (and it doesn’t have to be limited to natural childbirth, or even vaginal childbirth), or created some wicked birth art, or wrote an exceptional poem or story about birth, please share it! I can post your submissions under your own name, if you like, or post them anonymously; it’s up to you.
The Questions topic is designed for your questions. I have a lot of friends who are pregnant, or were pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, and I love it when they ask me questions I don’t know the answer to. If I can’t answer your question right away, I’ll do some research for you until I can. Your questions will challenge me, stretch me, and help me become a more knowledgeable midwife in the end (and teach both of us a whole lot in the meantime).
The quick Disclaimer: This website is meant to chronicle my own views and thoughts on pregnancy and childbirth, and to be a source of information and an exchange of ideas about pregnancy and childbirth, but no amount of internet information or links or discussion can make up for proper, qualified care by a midwife or doctor. Similarly, none of the opinions or information I have set forth here are to be viewed as definitive endorsements, directives or commands. It is the responsibility of each and every person to make their own informed decisions and find the care necessary to ensure the health and well-being of themselves, their pregnancy and their child.
This website is a labour of love and an ongoing passion. It was started in December 2016, and is (and probably always will be) a work in progress, so please be patient. If you find any links which no longer work or any pages which are broken or missing, please contact me and I will do what I can to repair it. Similarly, if you find any information on here which is incorrect, out of date or uninformed, again, please contact me asap so that I can fix it. I am always learning; there will be many mistakes along the way, but I am always more than happy to correct them.
I have been very upfront about my views, beliefs and values, and if you disagree with them, you are more than welcome to challenge them in a direct, engaging, and respectful manner. However, I will NOT tolerate trolling, put-downs, derogatory, hurtful language, hate-mail, spam, or flaming attacks, and any such comments will be deleted, with a warning, followed by a ban if it continues. Pregnancy, labor, birth, and reproductive rights touches on a lot of nerves, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I also believe it’s the duty of every thinking person to listen to the other side with respect, and to argue their own side in an informed, rational and reasonable manner. Let’s keep it clean, ladies and germs.
I’m sure re-booting my midwifery career is going to be quite an adventure. Please join me for the ride!