A midwife describes both her passion for and addiction to the calling of midwifery, along with her subsequent burnout, and makes the case for prioritizing self-care within the midwifery profession.
Mary Doyle is a mother, artist, activist and CPM. She graduated from The National College of Midwifery in 2002. Since then, she has attended births in various capacities (midwife, doula, assistant) and has worked with the Coalition for Illinois Midwifery, promoting the licensure of CPMs in her home state. She recently moved to Gainesville, Florida, with her friend Christian, where she is working in a restaurant kitchen, starting a small independent clothing business, and homeschooling her fifth grader.