About the Midwife who has the Beard
the Midewife's Beard
The midwife's beard is the creation of a male midwife writing a collection of birth stories and accounts of interesting and transforming birth journeys. As a homebirth, Caseload and hospital midwife I have had a myriad of experiences good and bad, but overwhelmingly good. I have seen the power of the purest form of love, encountered spiritual manifestations that my logical analytical mind at all other times would have dismissed. It is because of these varied and life-changing events, encounters and experiences I chose to write accounts and recounts toward creating a book. The modern medium of Youtube and podcasts, however, enable a more immediate and direct communicative option.
I never set out to be a midwife. I studied Fine Art Painting prior to becoming a nurse and found in my nurse training an affinity at facilitating an individuals self-belief and empowerment to enrich their own efforts in childbirth. I have never thought of myself as a great midwife but a decent enough communicator that acted as a sufficient conduit for an individual on their own pregnancy journey to reach an empowered and enlightened being.
In the accounts, you'll find self will, Ghosts in all forms of manifestation, inner voices, loss, fear joy, love and power.
I myself will continue to have self-doubt, questioning any egotistical component to this project and all the while recoiling from more social interaction.
On a domestic front, I have 7 children in a blended family, I share my life with my truest and most beautiful friend, who happens to be an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist ( a very good one, but I am biased) who manages to balance me and compliment my views and enriches my world beyond measure. I still retain a slight antipathy to normal and conventional life or taste and always feel drawn to alternatives and minority opinions.
It is essential to say that the musing within the podcasts, writings, paintings and videos are my own creative manifestations and do not reflect the opinions of any health establishment I work in or have worked in, they are not a reflection of the many wonderful colleagues I have had throughout the years and/or have any relationship to my wife and her practice. The observations and commentaries, in particular, reflect my own opinions at the time. I welcome constructive criticism as well as a compliment if warranted but I really being self-indulgent when thinking that this may have some greater purpose or function. I'll settle for being observations from an astute individual whether right or wrong. Some revelations will no doubt make me feel vulnerable and exposed but I am well aware of my limitations, fragilities and strengths.
Oh and he has a beard. There has to remain some ambiguity so as to ensure the privacy of interested and include parties in the accounts
A complex meander through life, with experiences of many fringe sections of society which has facilitated a unique opportunity to give perspectives from the lesser voices of society.
The bearded midwife's musings culminate from these experiences after being blended with political and cultural influences that include abstract expressionism, expressionism, Indie/ gothic / punk/ garage and classical music, socialism, communism, vegetarianism, anti-fascism, Bolshevism and the trappings of pretentiousness.
The purpose of this site is a mid-life (feels terminal) and pressure release and vent .
Apart from being a floating anchor for the Youtube channel used to visually represent the chapters of the book of memoirs that I will never finish is whimsical.If you're still reading it'll probably have something worthwhile and I hope you find something useful and / or enjoy.