Midwifery in year 2….

Sophie Spittle

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

26 November 2013

I’m just settling back into university after a much needed break. I’m so excited to learn more, work more and be a second year student midwife!

I have just finished the first block of 5 weeks at university after the summer. I like changing between placement and Uni as you get to experience the job of a real-life midwife, then you go back to learning, then you take that knowledge into placement, and it goes round in a big midwifery circle.

I said in my last blog I would talk a bit more about some of the fundraising I did last year, but first I wanted to talk about holidays. Don’t worry I’m not going to bore you with the details of my week in Spain, but I think it is important to emphasise, that on this course, holidays are precious and you need to rest in them.

I used to do bank healthcare assistance work and I carried on working in my Christmas and Easter holidays during the first year. This was a mistake;  I got the flu from being so run down, trying to write essays, do paid work, at the same time as trying to spend time with my family, and run a house. My advice is limit the paid work; you need time to rest.  We get 7 weeks a year holiday, which is very good, but it is time to rest, recuperate and relight the midwifery fire!

So, on to fundraising!

Last year we celebrated International Day of the Midwife (5th May every year), which is celebrated worldwide. The Royal College of Midwives and the International Confederation of Midwives campaign for women’s rights to midwifery care, and improving women’s health globally. We are really passionate about this cause in our cohort, so we decided to carry out a stall at the University Open Day. We celebrated with a tombola, cake sale and a game of ‘guess how many jelly babies are in the jar’; we had a great day. So many kind people donated cakes and a group of us got together the night before the Open Day to bake lots of yummy cakes! We had a great response and raised nearly £200, which all went towards improving women’s health! It was so much fun and we got to tell prospective students all about the midwifery course and the International Day of the Midwife. We will be there next year so be sure to come along and join in!

I think it’s really important to get involved in extra-curricular activities. It shows your dedication and passion, and it allows you to do things independently. Our cake sale was organised completely by us and it felt very empowering to know we were making a difference. I like to take part in Open Days too as a Student Ambassador. At first I was so nervous talking to people, worried I would give the wrong answers and not know anything, but talking to people cemented my knowledge and made me realise I do know things, I just need to be more confident! It is a great way to give back to the university and get more confident at building your communication skills.

My next blog will be after I have finished my first placement of the second year (eeek!). – Wish me luck!
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