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Thank you midwife – a poem of gratitude

Did you know that 1 in 3 midwives feel undervalued? Given the amazing care I received from a host of fantastic midwives this makes me feel incredibly sad. So here is just a small thank you to those wonderful people who helped safely bring my little girl into the world.

To my wonderful midwives…

To my community midwife who was there for me from the start,
You must have gold for a heart.

You listened to all of my concerns and worries,
And always made me feel at ease.

You answered all of my questions – even if they were stupid,
And never made me feel like I was being awkward.

You supported me every step of the way,
And you deserve more thanks than I can say.

Thank you midwife.

To the midwife who answered the phone when I was worried sick,
My baby had stopped moving and I was in a panic.

Thank you for reassuring me that I wasn’t wasting anyone’s time,
For listening to all the concerns of mine.

You made sure that baby and I got checked out.
And made sure that I knew there was nothing to worry about.

Thank you midwife.

To the midwife who monitored my baby that day,
Thank you for reassuring me that she would be ok.

(And I hope you got the message that she was delivered safely early the next day).

Thank you midwife.

To the midwife who looked after me during the birth,
To me, you are the greatest person here on earth.

Thank you for knowing when we needed some space,
And when we needed some help – your support was ace.

I’m sorry if I moaned that you wouldn’t break my waters for me.
I know you were just doing what was best for the baby.

I’m also sorry that when they did break they went all over you.
And that at 10cm dilated we had to be transferred because of the meconium in their too.

Thank you for not letting me have the baby on the way to the hospital.
That wouldn’t have been the birth I imagined at all.

Thank you for coaching me through the delivery.
Even when I doubted myself you believed in me.

Most of all thank you for delivering my baby safely.
For looking after her and for looking after me.

Thank you for telling me that I did amazing.
Your words truly meant everything.

And thank you for staying to check we were ok.
Even though your shift was over for that day.

Thank you midwife.

To the midwife who visited us at home every day,
When our breastfeeding journey didn’t start ok.

Thanks to your patience and understanding,
We were able to get the hang of breastfeeding.

I almost gave up I didn’t think I could do it.
But you were there to help me through it.

Thank you midwife.

This poem was originally shared on Facebook as part of the Pampers #ThankYouMidwife campaign. For every #ThankYouMidwife shared on social media throughout December Pampers will donate £1 to the Royal College of Midwives Benevolent fund.

16 thoughts on “Thank you midwife – a poem of gratitude

  1. This is so beautiful. I truly appreciate the difference that a great midwife can make – my second time around was a world away from the first (and I thought the first had been ok!). I’m so grateful to the two midwives who read the situation much better than me when I arrived at the birthing centre, and got me into a room, and into the pool so that I could have my son just 20 minutes after arriving. And how they were able to leave us alone afterwards to get to know each other, while making it clear we could call if we needed them. To the community midwife who picked up my son’s tongue tie and referred us to have it cut that afternoon. And then the feeding specialist midwife who visited me at home numerous times and continued to ring to check up on how we were doing, after I had a mini breakdown on her shoulder on her first visit. It’s such a vulnerable time in your life, and to feel supported means the world. Thanks for joining us at #SharinghtheBlogLove

  2. This is beautiful. Midwifes are amazing, but they are all so different and it can make such a difference to your experience. Due to both of my births, I have very little memory of mine. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  3. What a beautiful poem full of gratitude. It is so sad that so many in this wonderful profession don’t feel valued. You have made me remember some of the lovely midwives I have come across along the way of having my 3 children – it all seems a bit of a blur – especially with the twins – I really should sit down and try and dredge my memory for some specifics before it’s too late. xx #thesatsesh xx

    • Isn’t it weird how much you forget? Or were too in the zone to even notice at the time? When people ask about the birth I often get my husband to answer. He’s able to remember so much more than me and his memory is usually awful. X

  4. #thesatsesh this is truly lovely, i do hope your midwife gets to see it. How appreciated she would feel. Mine saved my little girls life, she then came back on team (she moved areas) and delivered my son. I could never thank her enough.x

  5. Midwives really are special people. Strangely I had the same one at my second birth as I did at the first. She’s an absolute angel on earth and I’ll never forget her. Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza, this is lovely xxx

  6. Beautiful! Midwives are amazing. I can’t thank the midwife who helped me give birth enough, or the one who walked in on me crying, didn’t say a word and just passed me tissues and maltesers, the trainee midwife who helped me nail breast feeding and feel better about being a mum was an angel. It’s sad they feel so undervalued. #blogstravaganza

  7. I had some HORRID midwives the first time around, and a very lovely, supportive one the second time. It really does make such a difference. It must be such a demanding job both physically and emotionally, and they really should be commended for showing up every day to go through the same turmoil again and again!

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

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