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Checking in with the Editorial Midwives

Dear Editorial Midwives,

The stories from my correspondents are compelling and heart warming. I'm delighted to have this window open upon another world––actually, upon many other worlds. The women are strong and spirited. They seem so appreciative of WorldPulse and all the volunteers who give them hope.

I'm dying to know how other Editorial Midwives are doing? What successes have you had? What challenges?

For me, the success comes in hearing from "my" correspondents and reading how they have changed because of the "gifts from life" (to quote one of my correspondents and meaning "difficult circumstances") that each has experienced. The stories are remarkably similar in this respect. What's wonderful is how each one learns from their hardships and becomes a better person with a vision for a better world. I was delighted to see their photos and quotes in the recent issue of WorldPulse.

The challenges as Editorial Midwife are several. Coming into this work part way through an assignment was tricky: learning the website, learning the course materials, striking a balance between my role as "friend" and "midwife," being compassionate and objective at the same time, finding the nut graph in each story, having enough time to read and comment on each draft, fighting my own perfectionistic editing tendencies in favor of a larger perspective.

I hope others will weigh in so we can share and learn from each other.

In peace,
Sally

Comments

Hi Sally,

I too find that success for me is when the woman I'm working with completes her assignment after many weeks of struggle. It is gratifying to see the response and support she receives from the World Pulse community. I find my role is often one of encouragement---she has it all within her; we work together to bring it out and to the community.
As I review and edit her drafts, I often have to resist similar urges of "perfectionistic editing." I want the article to be "in her voice" and sometimes that may mean a different twist on "purely English."
All the best.

Love,
Helen

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Dear Sally, Thanks for

Dear Sally,

Thanks for sharing your experiences, I recognize a lot of similarities! It has been such a wonderful and often humbling experience so far. I feel honored to be working with these amazing women, they have so much to tell and share, and I feel privileged to be making a small contribution.

My challenges are much like yours: trying to strike a balance between editing and encouraging, trying to keep up with the various drafts, and spreading my time evenly among the different women. I have found that I can connect easily with some women, while others don't respond as often.

I'm learning and adjusting as I go though. It's great to hear some feedback from other midwives.

with kindness,
carly diaz

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Thank you for reaching out

Hello to All Editorial Midwifes,

This experience is impacting and changing me in many ways and on a very deep level. I am extremely honored to be working and communicating with these amazing women. Trying to understand circumstances so very different than my own and being in awe of their willingness and resilience in the face of so many challenges.

I look forward to each and every correspondence. They are profoundly influencing me and I thank them for that.

In Kindness and Gratitude,

Gretchen

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