I have been working as a midwife for over 20 years of which about the last 14 years were spent at East-Tallinn Central Hospital’s maternity ward. The work covers monitoring women during childbirth and after. However part of my job is a private midwifery service, which gives me the chance to be at the birth from start to finish. I prefer to meet with moms to be during their last weeks of pregnancy in order to discuss the birthing plan, because usually they have some concerns or preferences about labour or birth.
The longer you have worked the more interesting your job becomes. Experience will build confidence in midwifery profession. Everyday work gives an understanding how different can the labour be, but at the same time still considered normal. It also gives you a better understanding how cautious you should be when intervening a natural labour, because you will never know if that may cause anything else.
I do hope that midwives with their way of working or procedures do not raise the risks in childbirth. I personally believe that every woman, who is giving birth, has the power and strength to give birth to her child. It is important to use the energy evenly and not use it too much in the beginning of the childbirth. And this is the place where natural therapies come in, which are not invasive or strong and support the belief that human body can cope in different situations itself. Some people like a hot bath, or a relaxing massage, others do yoga. There are many other options before intervening with medicine.
Another important thing is the mood around the woman during labor. The birthing energy flows the smoothest if there are not fear, complaining or arguing and You feel safe at the time of birth. Everyone has their part and responsibility for their labour. As midwives we can help with the factors around it and create the atmosphere for the good birth. And same time the most complicated issue is to spot the signs of risk in time, because midwifery is not like mathematics, nothing is never the same.
As a midwife I see the childbirth as a natural event in a woman’s life, not as a number of possible risks; what all may happen and what should be treated. I also believe that giving birth "as fast as you can" or "as painless you can" - is not necessarily a best way of giving birth. Every delivery has its own rhythm which should not be distracted. I think that every the women have enough strength to cope with it.
I would like to wish every mom to be a confident mind and self-belief, also to remind that this is expirience that You only do a few times on your life. So make the very most of it.