Becoming a midwife by Rosemary Mander; Valerie Fleming

By Rosemary Mander; Valerie Fleming

Midwifery care locally in the course of the woman's being pregnant / Yvonne Fontein -- Midwifery care whereas the lady is in labour in an establishment / Miranda web page -- Midwifery care of the mum and child at domestic / Alison Ewing -- Midwives and perinatal psychological wellbeing and fitness / Eleanor Forrest -- The midwife supervisor / Georgina Sosa -- The midwife who's in schooling / Elma Paxton -- The manager of midwives / Jean Duerden -- the educational midwife / Rosemary Mander -- The midwife as a researcher / Ans Luyben -- The midwife historian / Lindsay Reid -- the worldwide midwife / Valerie Fleming -- The self reliant midwife / Nessa McHugh -- A male midwife's point of view / Denis Walsh -- The midwife who's now not a mom / Rosemary Mander -- The midwife who's an writer / Penny Curtis -- The ex-midwife / Elaine Haycock-Stuart

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Sometimes, it is difficult for a woman to give this information, especially at a first acquaintance, but for the midwife it can also be very challenging and demanding not to give a personal opinion. When a midwife is being confronted with difficult life issues or ethical dilemmas, at any stage of the midwife’s professional development or career, it is important to reflect on his or her own ideas, values, beliefs, thoughts and feelings, and how to prevent these from influencing the midwife’s care for or communication with the woman.

Lucy looked across at me and rolled her eyes. ‘Just you call back at tea time and keep your fingers crossed,’ she said and quickly put down the phone. It rang again straightaway we both stared at it and then each other. Taking a deep breath I picked it up. ‘Good morning, labour ward, Miranda Page speaking . ’ ‘Jennifer Adams . . and you are . ’ ‘Her mother in law . ’ ‘There’s no news yet . ’ ‘Yes. I know it does take time doesn’t it . . How long? Well it’s hard to say . ’ ‘Why don’t you try phoning at tea time .

It wasn’t easy and I didn’t always manage to pull it off, but I tried, as we all do every day. Midwifery care in an institution 41 Commentary In spite of her apparently light-hearted approach, Miranda’s chapter illuminates the seriously complex role of the midwife working in a labour ward. This midwife is not just required to be ‘with woman’ and ‘with institution’; she also carries responsibility for ensuring the effective functioning of the clinical area. This observation resonates with the findings of a number of researchers who have explored the role of the midwife in this context, most recently Keating and Fleming (2008).

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