Just spoke to my daughter who is thinking about applying to be a midwife. She asked me what I thought. Midwifery is a wonderful profession and I have had many great years as a midwife, and met many wonderful women and colleagues, who have taught me much about life, relationships and communication. At the same time, midwifery is politically, personally, socially and emotionally challenging and I am not sure how committed she would be to live that life. Ultimately, that is her decision to make and it is her life to lead. At another level-my daughter following in my footsteps; how exciting is that!!??!! One serious issue we would have to consider is the implication of her doing the course where I teach. We'd have to work through the issue of favoritism and making sure she was not seen to be advantaged over other students, or disadvantaged as the case may be. On the other hand, she'll get to see what an old battle axe I can be!!
The question that I leave with midwives is: what advice would you give to a young woman (man) who wants to be a midwife?