So today is International Women’s Day 2017 which is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day also aims to raise awareness of the continual fight women have for respect, dignity and equality in a world where many still believe that oppression, as a result of gender, is acceptable.
This is not going to be a full blog post but I feel it would be a scandal to let this day pass without acknowledgement as this blog centres around midwifery; a profession whereby without women, we would not exist.
I believe that I am privileged to witness almost everyday the strength, power and fearlessness of women going through one of the most vulnerable yet magical moments they will experience in their entire life. This is a time filled with emotions such as excitement, fear, pain, stress and love. For a single human being to feel so many emotions at one time – coupled with experiencing the sometimes difficult realities of labour and birth – is completely astonishing and why we as women should be proud. In the words of Queen B, ‘Strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business,’ AMEN SISTER!
There is nothing quite as special as the look between mother and child in those precious moments immediately after birth. It is within that moment that the woman herself has completed the largest and potentially most difficult journey she will ever have to face; the journey to becoming a mother.
Sometimes for other women this journey to motherhood can be cruel and complex, leading to heartbreak, loss and sometimes a feeling of failure. Many of these stories do not possess the happy ending that we hope and pray for as women, as mothers and as midwives. These women that are some of the strongest people I have ever met.
Midwifery is a profession whereby the empowerment of women always has and always will be paramount.
“We move forward when we recognise how resilient and striking the women around us are” – Rupi Kaur