Let’s hear what Malin – our head midwife has to say about her job!
What made you decide to be a midwife?
I always knew I wanted to work with something that involves interacting with people, coaching, teaching and caring, so the choice of education was easy for me, my goal was to become a pediatric doctor, but the road was too long at that time. There is also a vast variety in my job as a community midwife which is important to me as I know I have the tendency to get a bit fidgety if still for too long! Also, my passion for babies is unlimited.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
Every day is a different day for me and that’s how I like it, every baby and Mum have their own requests and as a result of that, every day I learn something new, I learn a new skill and I am often tested, this is something that humbles me, and that suits my personality perfect!
Is there a typical Career path for a midwife?
I would say no, Midwifes comes in all shapes with different backpacks filled up with different experiences, I have worked as a barista, hotel receptionist, waitress, ski instructor, personal assistant, anesthetic nurse, pediatric ward, before I started my career as a midwife.
What are the tricky parts with your job?
With the great happiness of having a baby also comes the underlying knowledge that not all childbirths will go as planned. Part of a midwife’s role is to support families through difficult times, such as having a sick child, a mother going through a hard baby blues or maybe even developed a postnatal depression, you need to use all of your senses and abilities to create useful tools for the families that they can use in order to make things easier or better.
What is the strangest/funniest/best experience you’ve had training to be a midwife?
Well that must be when I was working in labour room and we delivered an albino baby with white hair for an Emirati family in Dubai, the grandma looked at the baby and looked at me and said – mashalla he looks just like her, and she touched and smelled my hair constantly.