Last night I worked at a Mother Care 'baby&me' event; I was the 'guest' professional, on hand to offer information and advice to expectant parents. I was feeling a bit nervous before hand, but I actually really enjoyed the event. I chatted to lots of parents about home-birth; water-birth and choice of care. Many parents had not had any options explored or suggested to them - and this is sadly because the brilliant NHS midwives just don't have the time!
I have been invited to come back next time (the staff were really excited I attended, and I gather that they struggle getting health professionals sometimes); I will of course attend and feel better prepared on what to take for next time.
This week I also met with my SoM for my annual supervision, and have some targets for the next year. I really appreciate talking to other midwives - there is so much to learn and absorb (we never stop learning) and getting thoughts and ideas from another perspective is very enriching; hence my love for working with students! I get lots of applications from students to work with me and I have my own rule of only taking 3rd year students out with me, as I physically could not accommodate more. To make up for this I am starting to develop workshops for aspiring students and current students. I have run two aspiring student workshops and received excellent feedback so am now keen to run more!