I am a midwife who is proud to work in abortion care

02 June 2019
Volume 27 · Issue 6


A woman needs a midwife at every stage of her pregnancy, including if she decides to seek a termination. Cheryl Crosby shares her view of the essential work that abortion care midwives do

The word ‘midwife’ means ‘with woman’ and since embarking on my midwifery training 17 years ago, that is exactly where I have been. I have supported women during the elation of becoming a mother, and I have held women and cried with them at the raw despair and anguish of loss. It is absolutely true what they say: midwifery is not just a job, it's a calling. This calling has lead me to my current role: I am a midwife and I work in abortion care.

I see no conflict between being a midwife and working in abortion care. At the heart of midwifery is the firm belief that we must trust women and respect the decisions that they make. I trust a women to make the right choices for them, which means respecting a woman's decision to end a pregnancy just as much as we would respect another woman's decisions about where to give birth. Once the decision to seek a termination has been made, it is my job to ensure the woman's emotional and physical wellbeing.

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