Women are our business; women are our story: Empowered Women – Empower women. A midwife’s view of International Women’s Day.
Being a woman and being ‘with woman’ – the very definition of a midwife; I feel the importance to reflect on what this means today and be proud to celebrate International Women’s Day with all those women that have walked before me, besides me and in front of me.
Celebrating being a woman is about equality not gender supremacy, we are all human, and should use our voice to champion for change. International Women’s Day is about filtering out the stereotypes, aiming high and being confident women, whatever stage of life… whether it be adolescence developing a sense of self image in a new era of social media; a young woman climbing the executive ladder; or a woman at the edge of her reproductive age feeling the biological shifts of menopause.
When I reflect on what it is to be a woman, I immediately envision pregnancy, birth and the power of sisterhood. This is not because I believe having a baby defines us as women, but my role as a midwife is all about empowering women to recognise their own abilities, to harness their strength, face their fears and not give away their power to choose. Pregnancy is a time of transition, personal growth and profound beginnings. Birth is not just another day in a woman’s life, it has the power to alter her values and perceptions about the world around her.
When women support each other incredible things happen, everyday I am grateful to work with strong women, and aim to celebrate these themes:
o Be brave, lead by example, and empower others
o Be a confident woman, to raise confident women and model the standards we want to see in the world
o Be humble, we all have our own personal drivers of success
o Be yourself, what we believe is what we will become.