Have you had good midwives? What made them good? Or if they were bad, why were they bad? What can midwives do to make your experience as good as possible?
The reason I ask is that I've decided to apply to study Nursing/Midwifery (double degree), starting next year. I'd love to hear your stories of what makes a good midwife, or what you would have liked that they didn't do/say/whatever.
I've given birth twice. With DS, my experience was mainly very good. Can't really fault the midwives, they were all lovely. With DD, the most memorable one was the woman taking care of me the night DD was born (DD was born at about 3:15pm). I'd had a huge PPH (lost 2.5 litres of blood) and had to spend the first night in the delivery suite on observation, with DD being formula fed due to my body being in shock and making no colostrum whatsoever (had to have retained placenta removed manually straight after her birth, in surgery under GA). I wasn't even able to cuddle DD for very long because I had to try and sleep, so obviously it was safer for her to be in the crib or out being fed/settled by the midwives (I had a catheter in still and cannulas in my hands for IV ABs so I couldn't get out of bed). This midwife was just so so lovely. She was on night shift and just made me feel comfortable and was so attentive, friendly and patient. I wish now that I'd sent her a card to thank her, but it's nearly 7 months ago now so she probably doesn't remember me.
Anyway, I'm waffling now. So tell me your stories and I can hopefully learn some tips about how to be a good midwife myself when I eventually become one