I thought midwife was just a fancy name for a nurse.
During my second pregnancy, I learnt what a midwife really was. A midwife is a teacher, mentor, mother-figure, baby whisperer, friend AND nurse. She is there for you during your most raw and vulnerable moments.
I suffered post-natal depression after the birth of my first child. Anxiety and fear flooded me when I thought of what adding to our family could do to my mental state. I was shy and embarrassed by what I felt during my pregnancy and after the birth of my first child. My belief was, that mums were meant to know what they were doing! Raising a child was instinctual and the way I was feeling mentally, indicated that I was weak.
When I became pregnant with my second child, I refused to re-live the lonely, dark experiences that I did with my first. So, I swallowed my pride, reached out to my midwife and asked for help. And I am so glad that I did.
Being the organised, control freak that I am. My midwife helped me create a contingency plan. I could refer to it when I felt I was struggling or becoming overwhelmed. And as my due date rolled closer she continued to provide me with helpful online resources and useful apps, like the MyMedela app.
With the consistent help and professional support from my midwife. I was able to find my way through the maze of resources that are available and decide which best suited me and my situation. My midwife helped me find my strength, she encouraged my self-confidence to come out of hiding and made me see that there was light at the end of the tunnel.
And for that, I am forever thankful to her.
I recently learnt that Medela surveyed approximately 8000 Australian mums to gain insight into the importance of midwives. The overall consensus was, midwives provide Aussie mums with helpful information and boosted confidence as they moved into motherhood. And to be honest these findings didn’t surprise me in the slightest.
Click here to view the full infographic showing the findings of the survey.
All mothers move through an adjustment period when introducing a new baby into their lives. Midwives have been listed in the top 3 people that mums look to for support, particularly in those first 6 weeks after bringing baby home. You can watch this youtube video of Medela interviewing Aussie mums about how motherhood is different for everybody.
If you are a new, expecting or experienced mum visit the Medela Facebook page and blog. They are both fantastic, free sources of information. And each act as hubs for Aussie mums to seek and provide support to one another. Remember the age old saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’
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**Medela has sponsored this post. All thoughts and stories are my own, without outside influence. Facts and statistics have been provided by Medela.