This week it has been announced that there will be an additional $1.7 million funding for midwives, to cover professional development, post-graduate education, support for overseas midwives and promotion of midwifery as a career.
Support for ongoing education
I am a little behind with the play this week because I've been sick, but I am sure that midwives will be very happy to hear about this move. In the past we have been woefully ignored eg the Clinical Training Agency funds on-going training and education for doctors and nurses, but we have barely figured on their agenda. However, this initiative alongside the funded program for new graduate midwives will hopefully go some way to level the playing field.
What I am wondering is what form the recruitment campaign will take to encourage young women into the profession. I am especially interested because I have a daughter who has been playing with the idea of becoming a midwife for some time, so I am cognizant of the issues involved.
If you are a young (or not so young) woman (or chap, for that matter), what would attract you to the midwifery profession? And what would prevent you?