International Midwifery Consultant,
Helena works for the United Nations as a women’s health expert, developing a continuing professional development program (CPD) on women’s health, designed for qualified doctors and nurses.
She gives lectures at prestigious universities and organizations worldwide, promoting good practices in caring for women during their reproductive years.
Helena is involved in the International Confederation of Midwives that which supports the promotion and advocacy of the Professional Midwifery Association in Mexico.
She leads her company Helena Eyimi Ltd., alongside her teaching team, with the mission of updating and improving the clinical practice for midwives.
Although it is hard to believe, I combine my consultancy work with attending births as a midwife at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
You know there is nothing like putting theory into practice. Caring for women on a day-to-day basis is the main goal and we midwives have to live up to their needs.
We can do it.
As a midwife, we are prepared and academically trained to provide care focused on her, who is the centre.
If I’m doing it, you can too.
Let’s expand the vision of our profession, “thinking outside the box”. There is more than primary, specialized care or teaching. Leaving your country, becoming an immigrant, studying or working in another language, getting out of your comfort zone makes you grow up all at once.
Let’s be very clear that Midwifery is essential throughout society. It is a huge contribution and it is our duty to live up to it.
Do you see the direction I’m going?
At the birth of my first daughter, the experience I had with the midwife was horrible (what is now known as Obstetric Violence). The midwife yelled at me, insulted me… all he hadn’t done was hit me. All of this I endured whilst I was in labour. Right then and there, I decided I was going to be a midwife.
This experience led me to El Parto es Nuestro. I met with other women, with families, had meetings at the Women’s Health Observatory, and more. I spent years and years focusing on activism and parenting
My second daughter was born at home. The energy of childbirth drove me to start university with two young children. I was eager, and we had the unconditional support of my family behind us.
Coming to the UK, I came to train as a midwife following a curriculum in line with my values. Halfway through the course, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. You can’t imagine how your life changes unless you have lived it. There is no time to lose.
I don’t believe in mistakes, my experiences were what they were and I can’t change them, but I can take something positive out of them. With discipline and perseverance, and despite age, money and distance.
I didn’t hit eject from my cushy corporate gig and land softly on a stack of bills.
Every small “win” was marred by an even bigger hit of self-doubt, sunk costs and a shooting pain inside my entrepreneurial gut that taunted me with a crippling sense of “not enoughness’
Long hours spent in front of the screen without the cash flow to justify it.
Painful “heart-to-hearts” with friends and family, desperately trying to convince them that success was just around the corner.
Missed football games where my son Cade was left wondering why his “cheering” section was depressingly thin.
And a list so small (and growing so slowly) I could literally memorize every subscriber’s name and recite them on command.
And when I finally did get traction:
I realized that I had built the wrong business.
Burning myself out with 1-on-1 consulting, which, on paper, gave me the right to call myself a “self-sustaining” entrepreneur…
When in reality, I knew that I was simply building another people-pleasing “job” for myself that put everyone else’s big dreams ahead of my own.
Authored one of those big yellow “Dummies” books all about Facebook.
Named by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers
Can’t get enough of The Real Housewives.
Embarrassingly obsessed with my dog, Scout.
Can be found playing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” on repeat.
– AMY PORTERFIELD
Raise your hand if you also think that after a course we want to continue together. Yeah, I think so too!
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