|A Japanese Maple bonsai tree in my garden|
Yet, just as I celebrate the changes of seasons, and tend my little garden, and look forward to the autumn colours on this little bonsai tree that I have tended for the past five years, since it was just a seedling, I am also choosing to celebrate the passing of time in my life. I am also looking forward to the new freedoms and opportunities that will present when I am no longer 'on call'. I am coming to the end of the 'summer' of my life: the time of productivity and strength. I have the autumn and winter ahead.
I have, in the past couple of months, informed my colleagues and potential clients of my intention to retire. I do not have any particular reason to retire, other than age. I am in good health, and I think I am in possession of all my faculties.
In the past few years I have witnessed major changes in the midwifery profession in this country. Many of these changes have been related to the legislation governing the practice of midwifery, and I have written at length on this and other sites.
In the past few years I have also witnessed a migration of midwives, from mainstream hospital employment, to private practice. Of the twenty-or-so midwives practising privately in the Melbourne area, about ten have been part of the exodus from hospital jobs, since 2010.
This phenomenon, by which the number of midwives practising privately in Victoria has doubled in only three years, has translated into a decrease in the demand for my services as a midwife. There are plenty of midwives looking for work. New midwifery practices and businesses are working hard to promote their services, and to compete for clients. I am content that the Melbourne (and surrounding areas) women who are seeking private midwifery services, either for planned home birth, or hospital support, will have midwives willing to work with them when I have called it a day.
|Some of the garden produce this year: figs, peaches,tomatoes ...|
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