Happy New Year!
It's the end of one year and the beginning of another. I thought I would take a look back at my year and share some highlights, and then let's talk some stats!
2021 was my busiest year ever as a midwife, thanks in no small part to sharing the load with my friend and colleague, Kristin Green at Seeds of Grace. I was midwife for 35 births and I assisted other midwives at 9 births! What a year! My busiest month was May, with six births. The biggest baby: 11 lbs. 4 oz! The smallest was 5 lbs. 14 oz. The number of girls vs. boys: 15 girls/20 boys. I had two days where I caught two babies within 24 hours, but one of those was a twin birth. There were eight successful VBACs, and zero repeat CS (a very good year!)
Now, how about some longer term statistics from my practice. I am currently in the process of reviewing and consolidating my statistical records because I only have very detailed statistics for about 9 years of practice, and some of the numbers are off for various reasons. But for those 9 years (2011-2020):
12 transports during labor (one urgent) (13.2%)
2 neonatal transports (one urgent) (2.2%)
Average baby weight: 8.4 lbs
11 successful VBACs, 9 repeat CS :-/
I'm always in the process of reviewing, changing, and improving my practice. It's not a once a year thing. How can I better help my clients have a healthy pregnancy and birth and a healthy baby? How can I help more women access better care? How can I increase my skills and knowledge to give the best care possible? How can I best balance my life while doing all these things? I've got a lot of ideas, some of which I have already started work on.
Here's to a happy, healthy new year!