This year, we would like to focus on expanding our understanding of what happened to our midwives. We would like you to join us on this journey, and we need your help. If you know of a friend or family member who has experienced the loss of a midwife, we would like to know about it. Ask them to share their story with us, either by writing us an e-mail synopsis or by recording themselves sharing the story and posting it to YouTube. Our pie-in-the sky dream is to have the voices of mothers telling their stories from every one of the cities who have experienced this kind of loss, so that when you visit our website, you can see the large number of locations and hear first hand how this problem is affecting midwifery clients.
We feel strongly that the physicians and midwives need to understand how the closure of a practice affects the women and families they serve. We hope that with this understanding will come a desire to work out their differences in opinions regarding their approaches to pregnancy and birth. Women who would choose a midwife as their care provider need to know that all of the medical professionals involved with their birth experience are working together, as a team.
Also, we would like to volunteer to be the organization that keeps track of these incidents. Obviously, we hope that by bringing attention to this issue we can eventually work ourselves out of a job! If you are a midwife, and you have lost a practice, we want to hear from you, too. We understand that you may not be able to talk about the situation, so we ask that you contact one of your families and send them to us so that we can share their story.
Our goal is to have the map up to date by the end of this year. If you have a story to share, e-mail Kirsti at Kirsti@wheresmymidwife.org
Thank you for your continued support!
The Where’s My Midwife? Team