Are midwives any different than any other professional when it comes to the press? Possibly not. Or maybe we are. Women, pregnancy, birth, motherhood, fatherhood , babies ......a potential maelstrom. And there is the midwife in the middle of it all. So I think that maybe we are a bit different in many respect because we are so involved; after all the meaning of the word midwife translates to being 'with woman'.
So the press love a story about us, good or bad. But often the reporting in inaccurate, incomplete and sensational. We all know that. I was recently reported as a 'midwife to the rescue' when my friend gave birth as planned at a local music festival. No rescuing there in any sense of the word; it was all planned and everything went smoothly.
So as I read today's reporting in the national newspapers about a midwifery colleague, my heart is heavy for the family and the midwife involved. I will wait until all the inquest evidence is considered before coming to any conclusions myself. And in the meantime be circumspect about what the press are saying.