Midwife… you put up with a lot of shit! Not only do you have vagina in your face for the best part of your job but you also have to deal with crazy, hormonal women and eventually their screaming babies! You’re an amazing, unselfish breed of people that I personally don’t think get the appreciation you deserve.
Here’s to the two midwives that took me through my first pregnancy journey and beyond (they changed part way through). You reassured me at every appointment that my baby was safe, alive and well. You dipped a stick in my wee to make sure my body was at all the levels it should be and allowed me to hear the precious sound of my baby’s heartbeat. You gave me great encouragement that I was doing all that I could for my baby and called me a great mum. You also had the extremely unpleasant job of checking my stitches to make sure they were well on their way to healing. You put in time to make a first time mum feel that everything she was going through was normal and ok along with advice and paperwork to the basics of looking after a baby.
Here’s to the two midwives that delivered Smeckle. What women you are! Words would never be able to express what you mean to me. You monitored my labour and intervened when you felt it was right, to make sure that our baby was delivered safely into this world. You kept me hydrated when my body needed fluid, and gave me incredible support to help me with the mindset of delivery. You managed to get the cord from around Smeckle’s neck and kept my baby alive. You were part of the most magical moment where you handed her to me for the very first time. I can’t also thank you enough for sowing me back up nicely too…
Here’s to the midwives who looked after Smeckle on the Special Care Unit for the first 24 hours of her life. As heart-breaking as it was to not have our baby there, I knew she was in good hands and you gave me the opportunity to rest so that I had the strength I needed when she came back to me. You fed her my colostrum so that she still got the best she could even though it wasn’t straight from the pump. You gave her the medication that she needed when she was weak and made sure you were happy with her progress before discharging her from your ward. You were there for our baby when we couldn’t be which says enough.
Here’s to the midwives on the maternity ward who delivered what tasted like the best grub ever to get the energy that I needed. You gave me tips on how to keep my wounds hygienic and taught me how to feed our baby from my body. You helped me pump my milk to save for Smeckle to keep my supply going while she wasn’t there to feed and when she returned you asked if we wanted to experience skin to skin which was one of the major bonding processes as parents we both got enjoy. You got daddy involved and made him feel just as much as a priority as me. Then when you knew we were ready you let us take our beautiful bundle home to start the rest of her life.
I can’t thank you all enough for the part that you played, when I was so naive, vulnerable and scared. You sparked the mum that is me today.