By Amity Reed
Be resilient! They all crow
Do some yoga, take it slow
Deep breathing, exercise
It’s all you need to stay alive
Take a bath, take a walk
Find a friend with whom to talk
We care for you! They all bleat
As you rush past with aching feet
We know you have many things to do
But keep smiling! We’re here for you!
We’ve brought in cake, a generous gift
And would you mind doing an extra shift?
New equipment? Don’t be silly
That would cost a pretty penny
What’s that you say? We need more staff?
We’re doing fine, don’t be daft!
If midwives would stop getting sick with stress
We wouldn’t be in this spiralling mess!
Workload too much? That’s no excuse
We’ll just heap you with more abuse
Nights and days, pulled from pillar to post
You might miss your family but we need you most
If you really can’t cope, that’s just too bad
We’ll blame it on you and say that you’re sad
If you feel it’s more than you can handle
Maybe you should light a candle
It’s lovely that you want to give great care
But there are targets to be met and no one to spare
More women coming in, more paperwork to fill
There’s no time to have a chat or even stand still
Outcomes and results are what is most pressing
But you deliver babies! What a blessing
The greatest job in the world, they say
And you’re a woman so don’t require much pay
Inspection reports and public satisfaction
Are the only things that require our action
So switch off your feelings, forget your oath
Be with woman or with us…you can’t do both