I was recently lucky enough to attend the MANA/CAM Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was my first MANA conference and it was a lot of fun! It is an amazing experience to be surrounded by people that you share a passion with. To meet others walking on the same path. I was very proud to count myself in the company of so many great midwives, doulas and birth workers!
A heard a quote that was very powerful for me,
“All midwives need each other, and the women need all the midwives.” -Judi Mentzer
This struck a particular chord with me. On paper and by training, I am a Certified Nurse Midwife or a CNM. In my heart, I am a Midwife, just simply a midwife. I do not feel that I am any better or worse of a midwife based on the initials placed after my name. Other midwives may have different initials, like CPM, RM, DEM, LM or any other number of options. To me, these are all midwives. One of my biggest frustrations in this profession is the “in-fighting” and the tearing down of eah other based on the initials we carry. How can we as birth workers expect to grow our numbers and support more women when we spend too much energy bickering amongst ourselves? Who needs the “establishment” to hold us down, when do such a good job of it on our own? Let’s face it….women come in all stripes and persuasions….and they all deserve and need midwives…so midwives should also come in all stripes and persuasions!
I don’t want to get too high on my soap box, but I do want to make my point. We have so many struggles facing our profession, let’s just get out of our way, try to move forward from the divisions of the past and focus on the incredibly important task at hand….supporting, educating and empowering women!!