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Questions for midwives and students

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#1 cfwact

Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:56 PM

I am giving serious thought to a career change to midwifery, and to begin studying in 2018 if I decide to go ahead with it. I am trying to get as much information as possible to help inform my decision making.

My questions are;
1. Do you feel the profession is under attack and where do you see it heading?

I ask this following the comments made by the QLD Australian Medical Association calling for an end to midwife-led care, and the negative New Zealand report that came out last year - despite the Cochrane review finding midwife-led care has positive outcomes for women. It just seems like so much negative media coverage - I think I would find it really demoralising, how does everyone cope with that? Do you see midwife-led care continuting in the future?

2. What is the reality in life of the relationship between obstetricians and midwives on a labour ward?

3. To what extent are midwives trained/encouraged to promote drug-free vaginal birth?  

I am someone who is very pro-intervention if that is what women choose for their birth (eg. I fully support women who would want to have an elective C-section, and a huge fan of epidurals). I know midwifery is about 'choice in childbirth' - but I am worried that 'choice' here means having a 'natural birth'. I suppose I just want to make sure I am not going to be pressured into a philosophy that I might not agree with.

Thanks for your help :)

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