Mason is one! Where has that year gone?

Mason has just turned one and I can’t believe how quickly the past year has flown

I have written before on the delights of becoming a grandmother and how it was like falling in love again. See posts New love and More new love. The family is growing and roles are shifting. I am honoured to watch my children morph into adults parents aunts and uncles.

I seem to move a little slower now. While the parents of the babies run around parenting I can drift along and smell the roses, build the sandcastles and hunt for ladybugs with the little ones.

The past year does seem to have flown by but on the other hand so much has happened. The babies have grown into toddlers, my career move back to Midwifery has been a happy one, trips have been taken, gardens grown and quilts sewn.

The birth of my grand babies are the most wonderful of life memories etched forever in my heart but now there are new chapters to enjoy such as first steps, learning to speak, family holidays and birthdays.

 

Turning one is a big deal.

I am not sure Mason will remember his first birthday party but the family sure will. There were cousins and friends, balloons and bubbles, a pinata and presents and of course cake! Oh the cake.

Barely a grain of sugar has crossed my grandchildren’s lips and for this they are blessed. Mason had his first taste of cake on his birthday and it was quite the hit!

Masons cake

Planning for 2018: What I am watching right now

What is it that kids, dogs and even horses intrinsically don’t trust?

Planning for 2018

I am a planner.

Oh, how I love to plan. I find peace and stability in being organised. Already my personal planner for 2018 is underway, some goal setting drafted and Sharpies at the ready.

My partner and I dedicated some time on the weekend with a yearly planner, post it notes and stickers to the year ahead. While we are flexible and dates may change, mapping out individual commitments, a planned road trip and weekend escapes has helped us unite as a couple and clarify each others needs.

Planning for 2018 at work had begun.

I have drafted the first few rosters, set about recruitment plans and considering the education, equipment needs and meetings schedule for the year. Today I unwrapped a shiny new whiteboard and already it is covered in ideas and thoughts better out than in.

Planning for 2018

 

 

 

 

Mostly I am excited to be organising a team planning day. Very excited. My return to Midwifery has passed it’s 6 month trial and surpassed my expectations. Despite intentions to remain professionally detached from my team, the rotten buggers have sucked me right in and I love them dearly now. I love my job, my workplace, the other Managers and the staff.

I digress…

The reason for this particular post on planning was to share what I have been watching of late on leadership as I plan ahead for my work as a Midwifery team leader.

I am totally addicted to Kerwin Rae. He is a  Sydney  businessman, entrepreneur, investor and international speaker. As an introvert I prefer to communicate via the written word. I don’t speak well unless I have written something out and planned ( see I am a planner). Kerwin speaks as I think. Every single word, his tone, swearing is a reflection of the words that run around in my head.  I particularly love this short clip: Leadership That Builds Trust.

Basically, get your shit together as a leader if you want people to trust you. Have a look and let Kerwin speak for me!

Mental health in the workplace

What are your self care strategies in the workplace?

Mental health in the workplace.

Did you know that November 22nd was “ Go Home on Time Day”?  I love this. There is a day for everything these days!

Jokes aside, Go home on time day was a great excuse to not only leave when you’re supposed to but to also have a think about what we can do along with  managers and the workplace to get out the door on time consistently .

Deadlines or the occasional day with competing demands can sometimes mean we can’t stick to our normal working hours. I do not mind this on the odd occasion. However, it’s when these long hours become the norm rather than the exception that it can negatively impact our health.

I recently had 3 weeks off work from a relentless virus. I initially returned too early causing a setback and had to be very firm with myself, being still, minimising interactions and  implementing all self care strategies.

This self imposed rest and quiet time provided me a wonderful opportunity to reflect. And reflect I did: on my return to midwifery, on my role, and my vision and goals for the workplace. On life and why I haven’t blogged for 6 months.

My reflections on mental health in the workplace

I reflected that I have managed very well to develop a sound work life balance. However, some of my old habits at work have been creeping in. Coffee and lunch breaks at my desk, going home late, checking emails at home.

When I did return to work last week I set myself a goal to continue not only my home self care but also self care strategies in the workplace.

I don’t believe in coincidences. Rather I believe everything happens for a reason.

Femidist Mental HealthThis Beyond Blue post on Facebook about mental health in the workplace came at a perfect time for me. I had just returned to work following my illness and its reminders were very important.

 

I encourage my staff members to take breaks, to get home on time and I always try to meet their roster requirements to have a great work/life balance.

Now I have asked them to remind ME  to take my breaks! Having experienced workplace stress burnout and compassion fatigue I place high priority on mental health in the workplace.

Here are my top 10 strategies to maintain mental health at work:
  • Go home on time
  • Take my breaks
  • Walk outside
  • Delegate tasks to others
  • Do not read work emails at home
  • Set realistic deadlines
  • Ask for help when I need it
  • Diffuse essential oils to motivate or chill the mood
  • Eat properly
  • Drink my water

For some great strategies on how to manage your mental health at work, visit Heads Up: http://bb.org.au/2jHDm34

References and link

Beyond Blue

Heads Up

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Consultation on Antenatal Care Guidelines is sought.

Submissions close 27 June 2017

Antenatal Care Guidelines

Femidist blogAntenatal Care Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality, evidence-based antenatal care to healthy pregnant women.

 

In November 2010 all Health Ministers agreed to the National Maternity Services Plan which included the development of national evidence-based antenatal care guidelines.

What the Antenatal Care Guidelines cover

The Antenatal Care Guidelines cover a wide range of care including routine physical examinations, screening tests and social and lifestyle advice for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy.

Review of the Antenatal Care Guidelines

In 2015–16, an Expert Working Group (EWG) was established to guide a review of the Guidelines and was asked to identify priority  topics and research questions for inclusion in the current review. See the selected topics here.

Why the consultation?

The evidence on selected topics has been reviewed to ensure the recommendations are consistent with the latest evidence to ensure pregnant women receive high quality, evidence based antenatal care.

This consultation process is seeking feedback on the Antenatal Care Guidelines public consultation draft. It opened on May 26th 2017 and closes 27 June 2017

Femidist typingYou can make a submission via email to eac@health.gov.au.

Remember submissions close on 27 June 2017.

Learn more here

 

References and links

Antenatal Care Guidelines Review

My return to Midwifery.A sense of coming home.

To my surprise and delight there has been a sense of coming home.

After consideration, reflection and a damn good talking to I have decided to return to Midwifery.This is an update for those of you following my personal journey. Continue reading “My return to Midwifery.A sense of coming home.”

Reason number 8 to homebirth: Your other children can be present

Birthing at home means you are in the control seat and it is your decision who shall and who shall not be present

Reason number 8 to homebirth: your other children can be present.

Why on earth would you want children at a birth? Continue reading “Reason number 8 to homebirth: Your other children can be present”

Quitting: How I feel 2 weeks later

When we are stuffed up our emotional stuff is coming up.

2 weeks have passed since I decided to quit my job

I described the decision back then as an elite form of self care and that has proven truer each and every day. My mental health has returned to almost normal, whatever the hell that is. Let’s just say I am back to my baseline and the effect was rapid. Continue reading “Quitting: How I feel 2 weeks later”

Reason number 38 to have a homebirth. Baby wont be separated from you.

Who the hell in 2017 separates babies from their mothers?

Reasons to have a homebirth.

Reason Number 38: Baby will not be separated from mother.

Continue reading “Reason number 38 to have a homebirth. Baby wont be separated from you.”