I never wanted to be anything else and here I am. When I was 8 I knew I’d be a midwife one day.
I was born and raised in the south of Germany, near the french border and the Black Forest and in the little village where I grew up,we were always a little bit different at the time. Because we spoke English at home or at least a good denglish mix.My papa, being Irish, made sure we were proud of this fact and so it didn’t come to anybody’s surprise,that once I completed my midwifery training in Berlin,I wanted to work in Ireland,Dublin per se, where my family is from.
Why I wanted to become a midwife,I do not know, but I never wanted to be anything else.
After learning the basic midwifery facts and more at the Charite, Berlin, I left in summer of 2004 to live and work in Dublin. And if I hadn’t missed Berlin and the good German health system so much, I might still be there.But in 2007 I returned.
What I learned and experienced in Dublin first hand is hard to describe in a few words. But I can say as much:the hospitals are a lot bigger, babys are born the same way,but the amount of deliveries are higher and when I came back I had been part of nearly 1000 births within 3 years.
But once I got the offer to work as a Beleghebamme in Berlin- and during those time this wasn’t an offer you got every day,- I made a decision.
Even though i still miss Ireland.
Being a Beleghebamme you witness couples becoming a family, being in touch with them from pregnancy up to the period when the baby is more than 3 months old.This was a good time ,work wise, for me, but sadly my private life and my sleep patterns went down the drain.
So I found midwifes at the Geburtshaus Charlottenburg to work within a team and experienced a very different side of midwifery and I am very happy I did.
But in autumn 2o1o I decided it was time to sleep during the night and work during the day which meant no births anymore and focusing on the other aspects of my job.
I started working at a gynecologist and offering antenatal care and I have focused on English antenatal classes which I love teaching.
My family is full of teachers and midwifery in some sorts can be quite similar to teaching. Maybe this is why I love my antenatal classes so much.
And maybe this is the reason I started to write.
I relate to all the pregnant girls for whom this pregnancy is not the bliss time and motherhood seems like a big challenge.
There is plenty of information out there and so many so- called experts. It can be hard to survive in this world wide web and not drown.
Lots of love & Go leor de ghrá,