Midwifery is such an amazing calling. Few people in the public really understand the impact and range of the services we offer. Midwives are counselors, life coaches, nutritionists, mentors, friends, social workers, educators, and allies who empower families to find the right health care options for themselves and their unique circumstances.
I talk to people in the public weekly, demystifying our scope of practice and bridging past stereotypes with reality. Midwifery is more than just catching babies and protecting normal birth! It is about transforming our society, encouraging everyone to support each other, and not just while having children. Midwifery gets communities to support each other as a whole. We want strong family units in all capacities, whatever their structure. We want healthy parents, healthy babies, and healthy future generations.
Our birth wisdom inspires our sisters, mothers, and family members who may ask us the most intimate questions about pregnancy and birth. Our life experiences and connection to the birthing communities allows random strangers who are considering becoming midwives to reach out and ask questions about this career choice. We are constantly inspiring everyone around us, whether we realize it or not. When you comment on a social media forum, people know your expertise, and your words stand out as something to listen to closely. Our midwifery practices are a beacon of salvation for families looking for personalized, high quality birth options in their communities.
Legislators looks to us for advice on how to promote better birth outcomes when considering implementation of new regulations or laws. I frequently speak with legislative representatives about midwifery care and the impact we have on the foundation of a healthy community. Our presence is an inspiration to people, often without our even knowing. Our open-door business policies that allow a potential client to stop by or call and get a warm, friendly voice of support is absolutely priceless. We are inspiring others daily just by staying on the midwifery path. Sometimes we forgot, especially when our practices and lives get busy. Just remember that we, as midwives, are changing lives and causing a ripple effect that improves and empowers parents, families and society. I invite you to sit back and really take the time to think about all we do. I appreciate each and every one of you who is providing midwifery care to better our communities!