People have told me they think I'm 'brave' going straight into independent practice as a newly qualified midwife. I don't feel brave, I feel lucky. Lucky that I have time to feel that I can do a thorough job in supporting women to make the appropriate choices for themselves and their babies. Lucky that I never feel constrained to close down the conversation, to limit the discussion, to curtail the telling of a woman's tale. I can take time, not have to follow dogma, and can seek advice from colleagues who have the time and commitment to support me. I have time to attend conferences and additional training, and to continue to research so I am able to provide the evidence to enable families to make informed decisions. I have support from being part of wider networks of midwives and can refresh myself so I don't feel any sense of burnout. This feels so far from brave.