As this latest edition ofMIDIRS Midwifery Digestlands on our doorstep we are reminded of yet another stage of the year, as the journal coincides with the next change of season. Although midwifery and childbirth is a continual process, we do notice the peaks and troughs in extremely busy times and those that hopefully are a little quieter, allowing us time to reflect. Listening to an early morning radio programme recently gave me ‘cause to pause’, reflect and consider what being a midwife is really about. The radio presenter and interviewee were discussing mottos and adages that were relevant to their families and I pondered on what would be apt to midwifery, with one particular saying coming to mind, told to me by a wise old sage when I was trying to fit too much into my day:‘you cannot fit a quart into a pint pot’. This adage is particularly relevant to the midwives and health professionals of today. We are expected to fit so much into our daily working lives that we become anxious of not making the right decisions and, consequently, not doing the best for women in our care. These particular issues are illustrated within two of the papers featured in this edition.