STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

I loved being a midwife but bullying, stress and fear made me resign

Please read this very moving account from a midwife who has now resigned, Joanna

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I am tired of the paperwork, the audits, the inspections and the nights on the sofa sobbing after another dreadful shift

I am a midwife with eight years experience and I love my job. I practise in a large, bustling unit where the sounds of the doorbell, fridge alarms, emergency bells and birthing women create a glorious symphony. Eight years on I still get a frisson of excitement when I go on shift and see a full board and a busy delivery ward. But I practise in a unit where women’s needs and autonomy are quashed under reams of risk assessments, individual needs forms, care plans, catheter forms, cannula forms, ankle measurements and tick boxes on what leaflet was given to each woman and when. I work in an environment where my dedicated, courageous colleagues who want the best birth for every woman they care for now work from a place of fear – and that is a great tragedy. I am supposed to be the guardian of normal birth.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2015/mar/23/i-loved-being-a-midwife-but-bullying-stress-and-fear-made-me-resign?CMP

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