During my last 2 weeks of pregnancy, I summoned up the creative strength (ye gods, I actually had some left?) to do a pastel for my midwife. A BIG thankyou to Nelly Hooper (Independent Midwife, Palmerston North) for her fabulous sense of humour, commonsense and wisdom. Midwifery is one of the finest and oldest professions there is, and it's testament to these wonderful women that parents everywhere develop the confidence, perserverance and patience required to become good parents. Motherhood/parenthood isn't easy (unless, maybe, it's your 12th! LOL), so hats off to parents and midwives everywhere.