June is such an exciting month. We see the start of summer and settle into warm weather for a few months. (At least we hope so!)
Most of us have planned some summer holidays and travel. This provides a much needed physical and mental health break from our work and the opportunity to relax. I got better at turning off and handling stress as I settled into practice, fortunately. I also got better at finding ways to take care of myself, so that my breaks really gave me an opportunity to recharge and enjoy returning to practice. But sometimes I also needed extra help over some mental or physical problems that arose from work or life, and I was grateful that my benefits provided me with coverage. We can all use some assistance to help us find balance, and I am delighted that the AOMBT has launched the Wellness Savings Account program to support our mental, physical, and financial wellbeing.
June is also Pride Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the history, culture, and contributions of the LGBTQ2S+ community, as well as to reflect on the struggle for equal rights. As a proud parent of a person who is a part of the LGBTQ2S+ community, I am delighted to celebrate and show my support. I started taking my children to Pride celebrations when they were quite young, and they always enjoyed themselves. Often, we were there to help staff an information booth for our housing co-op, and this was the perfect opportunity to connect with the community. It was a wonderful experience for the children and adult members in our co-op. Diversity is an important aspect of my co-op community, and the midwifery community has become more diverse and inclusive as the profession has grown. Both the IMPP and MEP have provided avenues for midwives from all backgrounds to take part in providing care to expectant people. We celebrate you all.
Please note, we’ll be taking a brief break in July and August, so we will not be sending out another newsletter until the fall.
Wishing you a safe and enjoyable summer, Midwives.