Birth is beautiful, scary, magical, a miracle and most of all, different for every woman. No matter your own experience, we can agree that giving birth is hard work for everyone involved.
Which is why we caught up with a Toronto midwife to learn what her job is really like. On top of the crazy hours, this midwife dished on what it’s like being a female breadwinner and how her finances will change after she gives birth to her first child this summer.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
A career is born
Marital Status: Married
Life changes: Giving birth to first child this summer!
How did you decide to be a midwife?
What’s a midwife do day-to-day?
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What are the misconceptions about midwives?
How much does a midwife make a year?
How does a midwife get paid?
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How do you budget for that?
Did you have student loans to pay off?
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How do you budget? And how will that change when your baby is born?
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Will you return to midwifery after your maternity leave?
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Are you a spender or a saver?
What are you saving for?
Retirement. Also, the people that I respect are just really generous with their money. So to save money, to support causes that we really believe in is something that we’re really passionate about. Then travel. It's a big deal for us as well. My parents live in South American so that's a big expense that we save up for.
What did you learn from your parents about money?
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What’s one thing you would change about the way you do money?
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