A day in the midwifery skill labs

Amber Sage

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

30 April 2018

Skills days are designed to teach you the basics of midwifery practice before going out onto placement. It’s great to get involved, be hands-on and practice certain things. This blog gives you an insight into time spent in the skills labs.

1. Uniform
Uniform in the skills lab is very important. You must wear the uniform you wear in placement and the expectations are the same as they are on placement. The lecturers will ensure you are looking professional and advise you on anything that needs a little tweaking.

rules in the skill labs

2. The basics
Skills days are designed to teach you the basics of midwifery practice, as well as the more in-depth things such as medicine management. There are a lot of helpful models around the skills labs to give you a 'visual' of the things you learn in lectures.

differen't models of babies in womb used in midwifrey

3. Isn’t this self-explanatory?
Some of the skills you pick up may seem self-explanatory but trust me, learn them! When you go out into the hospital you will look at that unmade bed and be grateful you had so much time to practice making beds in skills!

bed in the skill labs

4. Importance
Although skills such as handwashing may seem like a ‘duh’ skill, you will soon learn that you don’t wash your hands to gold standard. When on placement, it is so important to wash them properly.

handwashing resized

5. Visual aid
If like me, you are a visual learner, then the skills days will be fantastic for you. I really struggled to understand the mechanisms of labour and how the baby does all these fantastic twists in the birth canal to aid delivery. After a few times with the doll and pelvis I really understood (good job seeing as I was on a birth placement first!). 

pelvis and doll models

6. Midwifery can be fun!
Midwifery is a very heavy subject and, yes, you are learning to become a professional – but the lovely lecturers at ARU are more than happy to have a laugh and joke along the way. Here’s three of them enjoying some ‘cravings’ including vinegar, fish sweets and chocolate.

midwifery lecturers trying cravings

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