I wanted to be a midwife since I was a small child... I was two and a half years old when my younger brother was born and my father took me to the hospital, where I could see my brother through a monitor. I still couldn't articulate that I wanted to be a midwife, but from that day on I was sure that when I grew up, I would work in a hospital and deal with babies. I heard a lot from my father and grandmother about my great-grandmother, who was a village midwife. In 1999, when I took my midwife's oath, I received a gift from my grandmother, Dédi's Hungarian Baby Book, published in 1929. It's been more than twenty years.
I have often wondered how much maternity leave has changed since my younger brother was born. It's enough to think of fathers banned from the maternity ward, newborns watched on monitors. Sometimes I remember how lucky I am that the developmental process that took place around the birth coincided with my career as a midwife.
I obtained my high school diploma and basic health qualification in 1996, and then continued my studies at the Midwifery Department of Zsuzsa Kossuth Health Vocational Secondary School. I received my midwifery certificate here in 1999. As a student and novice midwife, I worked in several hospitals in Budapest. The path led from the pregnant ward through the pediatric ward to the delivery room.
My profession as a midwife was basically shaped by the years I spent between 1999 and 2016 at the well-known baby-friendly Szent István Hospital. No two births are alike. Without the ever-expanding theory, practice cannot provide enough security. That is why I consider it important to participate in further training. Every five years, I completed the newborn resuscitation course of the Peter Cerny Foundation three times in order to constantly have the most up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge. I regularly attend midwifery conferences and further training. I took part in PAF (Positive Attitude Formation) training. I have gained a lot of experience in breastfeeding communication and childbirth communication.
The day my daughter was born in 2011 plays a decisive role in my professional development. The last piece of the multifaceted knowledge acquired over many years - like a huge puzzle - finally fell into place, the words spoken to laboring mothers gained a deeper meaning. My own lived experience and the feedback of expectant mothers who trust me and return to me for the second and third time have confirmed that the world has changed dramatically in the delivery rooms since the birth of my younger brother. It gives me pleasure to be able to do something every day to ensure that childbirth is not only safe, but that every minute and moment remains the most beautiful memory for mothers.