A few weeks ago, I blogged about the challenges of moving from clinical life to a fun existence in the Tower of Doom. I was somewhat preoccupied with this issue for a couple of reasons: first, I had recently had a somewhat bruising encounter with an NHS trust as I attempted to maintain one foot in research and the other in practice; and second, I was about to give a presentation on the subject to A LOT of midwives. I’ve been a bit obsessed with the idea of moving through liminal spaces for a number of years – an earlier blog post will explain all.
I thought it might be useful to put a link to that presentation here, as it explains the idea of how midwives (including myself) might want to maintain a hybrid identity, and the challenges they (or I) face in attempting to do so. The presentation is more related to my own experiences, but I’m also writing a paper on this subject from the perspective of the midwifery leaders I interviewed for my doctoral research. Click here to view the presentation – it’s quite informal, honest!