Educating Midwives... An article I'm proud of
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A few months ago I was tweeted a link to a MIDIRS (a midwifery journal) article about hyperemesis. It was on the front page and was questioning whether hyperemesis was a “spiritual” condition. The article, which discussed one case study of a women whom personally I would not have considered an “HG” patient at all, claimed that as hyperemesis is neither psyhological nor biological (not sure how she claimed that as there is plenty of evidence of it's biological cause), it must therefore be “spiritual”. I was vexed.
I was still vexed when I happened to be at the Royal College of Midwives conference representing Pregnancy Sickness Support and I noticed that MIDIRS, along with their offensive front cover had a stall a few rows down from us. Duly Amanda (my colleague and co-author on the book) marched over and explained to the poor women representing the publication why said article was so offensive and frankly ridiculous.
The following Monday the editor was in touch asking me to write an article for them. A “patient perspective and how the midwife can help” angle was decided upon and I got writing. I submitted and was met with an incredible amount of edits. Honestly, it needed them... I had written from the soul and with far too much emotion and defensiveness (an inherent quality of many an HG survivor, I find). Edit I did and massively improved the article. The editor and I stood our ground over a couple of points I considered crucial and common ground was found. It also lead me to question my closeness to the subject and prompted my survey back in January.
I am exceedingly pleased with the results and hope that you, my readers, are too. My hope is that every midwife, nurse and doctor that comes into contact with a hyperemesis sufferer will read this and feel inspired to give her the best care possible... so please share the link, as much as you can and lets educate the world...
Click here to access the full text article. Thanks to Essentially MIDIRS for allowing me to share their published article. I look forward to writing for them again.