I caught a baby…

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Yesterday I caught a newborn baby.

Yes, with both hands.

The little boy (actually not so little, over 8 pound) came out so fast, I could only get one sterile glove on! Too much information?

I was in midwifery mode yesterday and worked a shift at the local hospital.

It has been a while since I actually have been in the birth suite and caught the baby in the traditional way and not via the sun-roof.

It has been awhile for a number of reasons: a long maternity leave, moving towns and the big one is that I had let my fears and past experiences in the birth suite take over my ability.

You see, being a midwife is not always as fun as we make out. Sometimes things go wrong and for me, I tend to absorb that too much.

Often these experience’s are out of our control, the lady doesn’t progress as you would have hoped, the baby gets distressed, a complication in pregnancy, causes complications in labour.

Before I left my old job, I had  a run of not-so-nice birth suite shifts, that have basically taken over my confidence and ability to be the midwife I want to be for my patients.

So yesterday I got back on the horse. I had nominated myself to be in the birth suite and what do you know? Someone was watching over us and I got my midwife mojo back.

I caught that baby boy and for the first time in a long time, I realised that I do love my job. I am meant to be a midwife.

And I do know what I am doing. (Which is always a bonus)

Sometimes, it is just hard to see the wood for the trees.



Have you ever left fear take over your life or shut down a piece of your inner mojo?


Taking part in the March Digital Parents Blog Carnival over at Emily’s Have a Laugh on Me blog on the 8th of April 2014


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  1. So pleased to hear it Lisa. When it all goes right it must be the most awesome job and experience. Hopefully you have many more great experiences sharing that moment with families.

    I’m a bit like that with teaching – I’ve been out of my own classroom for over 7 years. I miss it but with a curriculum change I just don’t know if I can go back.
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  2. Great stuff, good on you! :-)

  3. Midwives are a special breed! Fear and anxiety can be crippling and I am slowly over coming my fears :)

  4. This was lovely to read. And lovely for you to get your mojo back – it’s hard to think of going back to something when things can go wrong like they can in midwifery. Taking that first step (or leap!) back in can be the hardest. xx
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