Published: 21 March 2016 at 13:47
Anglia Ruskin third years visit farm to help with truly natural birthsStudent midwives from Anglia Ruskin University had a spring in their step as they helped deliver lambs on an Essex farm.
“The day has been great – it’s been really interesting seeing how sheep give birth and the similarities with human birth.
“It’s really nice that some live births happened too, it has given us all a chance to really be involved and feel like we’ve made a difference.”
“We take the students so they can observe mammalian birth without intervention and look at the similarities between ewes and humans – not just in the birth itself but recognition of each other, bonding, feeding and pre-birth behaviour.
“It’s obviously a busy time for the third-year midwives and this is a chance for them to get away from their assessments and studies for the day and spend some time with nature. It’s really popular with the students – who wouldn’t want to spend a day with new-born lambs?”