When you meet a person that “gets you”, that you can say what you think and share your emotions. You need to tell them…
At the end of my 1st yr in midwifery I felt alone , not physically but in my ideas and my enthusiasm. My fellow cohort member Rachel chatted with me and we connected. She was that person I had been looking for. She got “me” and I “got” her. We shared ideas and opinions. We debated our views and challenged each other to think “outside the box”. We attended a study day together , on that day we decided to join up to become the “lone nuts”. We had watched the leadership clip and Sheena Byrom had spoke about making change.We wanted to do that. The facebook page “Normal Birth for Lone nuts” was birthed!!!. The “lone nut” wants to create a movement so we did. We passionately believed in women abilities to birth and wanted to share this positivity with all women. To reduce the fear of birth with pictures , research and art which had the potential to create positivity around physiological birth.
The page is growing , it has 800 likes. It is blossoming …. as Rachel and I grow into our midwifery identity.
The people I interact with each day on twitter “get” me . I have a voice that has been described as “gentle” , “open-hearted” and “protonic” by the wonderful twitter community that has embraced me. I feel like I am part of a family and for that I am truly thankful as I know I will not be alone anymore. My twitterbuddies have supported positivity and NBFLN which makes my heart soar. I am so glad that we can call them friends and that our enthusiasm is so welcomed. So to Deirdre Munro , Sally Goodwin and Jenny Clarke I say ” Thank you for the warmth , kindness , support that you have provided for this nut to grow “.