I work as a midwife in one of the Finland’s biggest maternity hospitals. I independently take care of the pregnant mothers and their children to be born, and of the newborns and their mothers after labour. I also work in the emergency duty of pregnant mothers. In addition, I do prenatal ultrasound tests.
My job is three-shift work. The morning shift is between 7.30-15, evening shift between 14.30-22 and the night shift between 20-8. However, usually I do two shifts in a row, so from 7.30 until 20. My job is very varying and occasionally hectic. My main task is to take care of the labour securely. The situations change quickly, and you can never really plan the day ahead. Besides the care work, I give telephone assistance, help my colleagues and document digital entries. I also actively participate in developing the activities of our department, and I take part in several working committees.
My job is very rewarding and mostly positive. The situations change quickly and occasionally the job includes speed and dangerous situations. I feel that my work is meaningful and it gives me strength and energy every day. It is also rewarding to meet so many different people and get to know to other cultures. My work is very international and I have had the chance to take care of mothers from all around the world.
The work is sometimes physically and mentally demanding. Having energy for the night shifts is hard, but you get use to them along the years. Taking care of the labour is fundamentally quite primitive and it includes body fluids, but you also get used to them with time. Sometimes the work is also wearing for your hearing. Assisting in a birth of a dead child is always touching and challenging. Labour doesn’t always go as planned and complications might occur, but it is also easier to deal with those kinds of situations with experience.
Occupational education gives you the basic knowledge, and you can take trainings while working. However, the work itself is the best teacher.
My work is pretty much as I pictured it to be. However, I thought that the salaries and shift differentials would be significantly better.