What Do I Do?
I love this question; it is so obvious, yet it doesn’t get asked that often.
I am here to provide support and guidance. I use my expertise and experience to pick up when things are going awry. I provide continuity of care and consistent, sound advice.
My ultimate aim is to help you achieve the type of birth you would like-resulting in healthy mum/healthy bub.
During the process of a vaginal birth, the midwives update me. They let me know how you are progressing and about any concerns they may have. I have a reputation for being very patient and calm. The birthing process is about you and your baby, not me.
My aim is to be present for the birth; although some people progress so rapidly that the staff can be caught unawares. Don’t be alarmed if this happens. I only consult at hospitals where the midwives are excellent and they will help you through the process.
If you have a caesarean section, then I am the one who performs the caesarean section.
Personally, I see my role as helping and supporting patients thorough their path to parenthood. Also, I truly love my job (and I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t want to do it).
On a final note, yes, I am on call 24/7 for 365 days of the year. I do take holidays (you will have plenty of warning about these) and the very occasional weekend off. I have skilled people I trust who cover me when i am away.