Despite practising as a midwife for 32 years now I still love learning about anything that will improve the care and experience for birthing women and their partner !! It is definitely going to be a lifetime of interest and intrigue for me.

I have booked onto a two day course running next month called ‘Optimal Birth”. I will report back after this, but it has made me think about the word ‘optimal’. The dictionary says ‘best, most favourable, seeking the optimal outcome’. I think as a midwife that what is optimal for one woman, will be different to the next. Everyone has a different body, age, pelvis size and shape, different baby on board, different mindset, expectations, health and so on…………

It is good to aim to ensure that every woman is assessed as an individual and that as midwives we support and facilitate the very best possible experience and outcome for that unique woman and baby. Let’s make every birth optimal, that is, the very best it can be – physically, emotionally, spiritually – whether it be a normal vaginal birth, the sad birth of a stillborn baby, a planned caesarian birth, an unplanned assisted birth; whatever twist and turn happens it is vital that together we ensure that we enable the woman’s body to work at its best, at its optimum, alongside support, good care and facilitating informed decisions.