I always thought midwifery to be an honourable, worthwhile and varied profession, but having two less than ideal experiences of childbirth in hospital (23+ years ago), I didn't take the notion any further. It was only after having the wonderful experience of having my next two children at home that the role of a midwife took on a broader meaning.
It was the attitude of my midwives that 'allowed' me to have the birthing experiences I did. In the hospitals, the poor midwives were disempowered by the system; they couldn't speak up for me & so I was disempowered too. At home, the midwives respected the choices I'd made for my births, and gladly supported me in a very unobtrusive & hands-off way.
I decided I want to be a midwife who would strive to honour women's choices, and if circumstances should prevent the birth plan of her dreams, then dignity and respect can, and should, always be prioritised.
It is early days yet in my course; I am a...