By the time I arrived home, I was expecting to find myself on a busy road, driving down the side of a mountain in a grey, black Toyota pickup truck.
I would have loved to have had my midwife, but I was in a hurry.
I had just been named a midwife.
Midwives have been called that since the mid-20th century, but they have only been part-time since 1996.
There is no recognised career path, and many find it difficult to find work in a profession that has always been seen as a male occupation.
The term ‘midwife’ originated in the 19th century as a term for a female medical practitioner, but in the 20th century it became associated with female midwives, many of whom were women.
I thought, I can do it!
After graduating from the medical school in Melbourne in 2008, I took a job as a midwifery consultant in Melbourne, where I became the first woman to be awarded a diploma from the school.
It was a major achievement, and it was a great experience, but there were a few other issues that I needed to work through.
A year later, I went to the United Kingdom for the midwives’ conference, where midwives were invited to share their experiences and give them advice.
Midwiferies are still rare in Britain, and there is a lot of stigma around them.
It is difficult to work within the profession and to understand the culture of midwives.
It’s hard to be a midwives in the UK because you don’t have to speak English and you don