A midwife has the power to save a life, and this week she is going to help us save a lot of others.
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This week’s podcast interview is with Casey Harrison Midwife, who was awarded the title of midwife by the United Midwives Association for her work in midwifery.
She says she has been midwiving for 25 years and is the oldest of nine children.
She’s the second youngest of nine.
We caught up with her to hear more about her experiences, how she prepares for midwives work and how she was influenced by the Midwives’ Way.
What makes you decide who to call a midwife?
I think I’ve always felt that midwives are always in charge.
I think it’s a way of saying, I’m here to do this job and I don’t want to have any control over it.
I feel that there are two ways to go about it, and I think they’re very similar.
I would like to be called an old lady.
I can’t really do that.
The way I see it, it’s about the person, it has to be a good person, you’ve got to have good intentions and that’s what I look for.
You’ve got a sense of purpose, you’re trying to do something that’s good for you, and that makes sense to me.
What do you do during midwifts work?
I have to work hard, I have a lot to do.
I have lots of people to talk to, a lot more people than I have before, and you’re constantly trying to make sure you’re keeping them informed and you have a plan.
You’re just trying to be the best person you can be, because the midwife’s role is to keep you safe and you want to keep people safe.
What are the most challenging aspects of midwifting?
It’s not just that it’s hard, it takes a lot out of you.
You need to do everything you can to make it as comfortable as possible, so you can focus on the job and not worry about what other people think.
It’s a very physical job.
You don’t just walk up to people, you have to hold them for a long time, and there’s a lot going on in the back of your mind that is affecting you physically.
What’s your most challenging midwift experience?
I was midwived in January, 2016.
I had no idea where I was, where I’d been for the last five years.
I was on a mission to be midwife to somebody who had no knowledge of midwives.
I went and asked them for advice.
I found out that they had never done a midwound, that there were no midwitches in Queensland, so I was like, ‘What do I do?’
And they were like, “Well, you need to go and visit someone who does midwounds.”
I asked if I could stay a couple of weeks, so that I could get to know them better, and they said yes.
What was your first midwive experience like?
It was really challenging.
I’d never been in a room with other people before, so it was a bit nerve-wracking.
We all had our own little space, so there were different situations we were all in.
The first day was really intense.
I’m used to being in the house alone, but I was really nervous about it because I didn’t know where to start.
I felt a bit alone.
How do you get a feel for the person you’re working with?
You get a sense for the people that you’re going to work with.
The person you have come in contact with the most in your life is the midwifer.
You know that person?
The person that has been with you the longest?
The first thing you do is you check on them, see how they’re feeling.
If they’re comfortable and have a good heart, they’re likely to be supportive.
If it’s not like that, you might have to sit down and talk to them about what you want.
You want to know what’s going on with their life, their health, what they want, how they feel, where they’re going, where you’re heading.
If that’s not there, it could be a bit of a struggle.
You might need to ask them a question.
If a person doesn’t want you to be