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Sienna Miller: I almost became a midwife

Actress Sienna Miller contemplated a career change after becoming a mother.

Actress Sienna Miller considered retraining as a midwife after she became a mother.

The 33-year-old star has three-year-old daughter Marlowe with Tom Sturridge and it's only over the last year or so that she's gone back to work. Things could have been very different for the star, as at one point she thought about an entirely fresh career move.

"I always knew I could not have been working in an office," she told Britain's Hello! magazine. "Routine has always made me very uncomfortable but designing or working in a kitchen - why not? I also thought about doing a midwife course after having a baby. I love music, but I do love my profession."

Sienna has totally embraced being a mum, but that doesn't mean the process has been easy. Especially now she's back at work, making movies like her upcoming release Burnt, she's found it hard to find enough hours in the day.

"I do feel a sense of pressure in the sense that I have a three-year-old daughter now," she said. "But the time she starts school, it's going to be harder for me to just take her with me when I am working. My idea is to work really hard now, so I can get to a point where I am more in control of the dates I am working."

Despite this, there is the sense that she could be doing more deep inside her. Sienna always worries she isn't around enough for Marlowe, but she's come to realise if she didn't work she wouldn't be a happy mother anyway.

"I always feel something is compromised," she said. "I can't focus on my work the way I want to and I often can't focus on her as much as I'd like to. This is what it is to be a working mother, but I need a creative outlet or I am not a happy person. I do struggle with the guilt of motherhood... so I am trying to learn how to delegate a little bit better."

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