BSc (Hons) Midwifery student Ellie shares her reading, watching and listening recommendations for student midwives.
I Am Not Your Baby Mother - Candice Brathwaite (book)
One of the most important aspects of midwifery is providing unbiased care to an incredibly diverse range of people. I believe in order to do this; midwives really need to understand the perinatal period beyond our own experiences.
When Candice’s book came out, I finished it in a matter of days as she tells her story of what it is like to be a black woman and a mother in Britain today. We discuss racism in America a lot but it’s crucial to examine the disparities in this country too, and as midwives something needs to be done about the shocking figures released in the latest MBRRACE-UK report: black women are 4x more likely to die in pregnancy than white women.
After reading about Candice’s experiences, you can really picture how these figures occur in real life. It’s heartbreaking but also incredibly motivating to make changes in the maternity system and within ourselves.
Seahorse is a documentary that follows Freddy’s unique and resilient journey into parenthood. Freddy is a transgender man who is determined to become a father and here he depicts an unfiltered look into every step from conception to birth.
'Midwife' may translate to ‘with woman’, but we are beginning to see a shift in the birth world as we are caring for more transgender and non-binary parents. I think it’s amazing that we are shifting into a society where we no longer have to stick to rigid gender binaries, but there is still a long way to go and a lot of ignorance we still have to combat.
Seahorse is a must-watch for midwives looking to understand the experience of pregnancy and birth as a transgender man and, as a bonus, it has to most beautiful birth scene at the end that will probably leave you in tears.
What the Midwife Said - Leah Hazard (podcast)
Every time I listen to Leah’s podcast, What the Midwife Said, it feels like I’m sitting down with a nice cup of tea to have a cosy chat with a fellow midwife.
Leah is a midwife, mother and the author of Hard Pushed. Every week she speaks to people from all walks of life about pregnancy, birth, fertility and parenting. Both the highs and lows are discussed and while there’s certainly no sugar coating (birth isn’t exactly a walk in the park), there’s also no judgement given at all. It’s important as well as interesting to listen to the opinions and stories that come from a range of different people here.
At the end of each episode, Leah asks her guest to tell her ‘what the midwife said’: anything that a midwife or other healthcare professional said that really stood out in their experiences, reminding us of the importance of language, compassion and support.
Midwifery Matters - The Association of Radical Midwives (magazine)
As a student member of the Association of Radical Midwives (ARM), I receive their quarterly Midwifery Matters magazine. I find this a really great resource to use as a student to remain updated with current issues and research in midwifery as they are constantly changing and to provide the best standard of care, keeping yourself up to date is vital.
There is also support for midwives and student midwives in the magazine which is helpful, especially when we’re working and studying in the time of a pandemic.