A Midwife's Life - Sara McAleese
I’m a midwife.
People say ‘Oooh, I don’t know how you do it. All that blood and gore.’
To be honest, I don’t understand why anyone would want to do anything else.
I get to drive around the beautiful Welsh countryside at all hours in all weathers. I get to support people through one of life’s most ordinary and yet spectacularly extraordinary experiences. I get to hold wet, wide eyed, amazing freshly born babies. I get offered champagne a lot. I eat loads of toast at three o’clock in the morning. Sometimes I don’t get an awful lot of sleep but then, neither do new parents, it seems only fair.
They say that flying an aeroplane is 99% pure boredom and 1% pure terror.
I’d say that being a midwife is 99% pure joy and 1% sheer horror.
It is exhausting, and it is mucky, but you know, that’s fine.
I’m a midwife. Why would I ever want to do anything else?