My first year on the midwifery course

Laura Gilmore

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Midwifery
Category: Nursing and midwifery

9 September 2015

I can’t believe how quickly my first year of the BSc Midwifery course has gone, let alone the three weeks annual leave we’ve just had, including a family holiday and cuddling my Black and White cat called Carly.

A year ago I had just received my A Level results after spending three years in sixth form, after changing what I wanted to do with my life after year 12, in order to make my dream of becoming a midwife a reality.

This time last year my mum bless her, was stocking up on various bedding, kitchen equipment and everything else under the sun while, constantly reminding my dad when he moaned about the amount of things she was buying that I was off to university. I’d also undergone a crash course about food hygiene, washing and cleaning which, is a major necessity for anyone about to go to university for the first time. A year later, I can honestly say that I’m glad my mum did this and I can sympathise with friends that are just about to go to university.

Studying Midwifery at university isn’t a decision to be made lightly, it requires a great deal of thought and bravery to step into the unknown. The application process is ruthless resulting in many hopeful applicants, including myself, getting rejections that are horrible to receive. My interview for ARU was extremely nerve wracking but the lecturers made everyone feel less nervous. Getting that offer meant more to me than each of the rejections I received.

The course requires sacrifices to be made. For me this meant leaving my part-time job, moving away from friends and family as well as Carly, free time and my mum’s cooking. The mums on the course are an inspiration for multi-tasking placement and deadlines! Thank god for technology for keeping in contact with family by mobile or daily FaceTime sessions with my mum, dad, little brother (now 19 so no longer little) and Carly. Did you know that cats can also become addicted to technology?

To earn money for placement travel costs or to treat myself, I’ve worked for ARU in various ways. Being a Midwifery Ambassador at one of the interview days this year was interesting and brought back memories of being in that position. I recommend being a patient for the Paramedics to anyone, I loved it.

While studying Midwifery, people will strongly express their opinions of your job to you. Some think it’s like what they show on TV and that we all sit around and eat cake, while others find you an inspiration and are extremely grateful for anything you do for them. It’s an amazing job that’s extremely rewarding. Words can’t describe that feeling when you deliver your first baby or in my case numbers 1 and 2 in one manic night. I left that morning with a beaming smile on my face to crawl back into my bed exhausted.
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