This September I finished the first full year of my midwifery course, and so much has happened in that time. I sat an exam, I failed essays and passed essays, I moved into a new flat with 3 fantastic girls, I’ve worked in 3 different hospitals during 4 clinical placements, I set up my own Netflix account and I have delivered 10 beautiful babies.
Going into second year is such a daunting thought but I feel ready for it, especially with the support of my family and friends. Although I would argue that this has been the best year of my life, there have been some difficult parts to overcome. For instance, moving to a new city was quite intimidating at first, but I learned to love it. Organising revision timetables to prepare for my exam, all of the late-night study sessions and library visits. Having the motivation to eat healthily and exercise instead of watching Family Guy with a Domino’s pizza. One of the hardest things to deal with in first year was having to re-sit essays, it knocked my confidence and I was pretty gutted. However in hindsight, I was able to then build on the feedback I’d been given and improve them, meaning I’m a lot more prepared for my essays in second year.
I think at times university is a huge test of your commitment to your own future, and as you progress you learn a lot about yourself. I can confidently say I feel like I have changed since I started the course. I can cook so much better, I’m more independent with money and transport and other adult stuff. Having to organise your own accommodation and expenses for placements makes you feel more grown up, and at the time it feels like a challenge and a chore, but once it’s all sorted there’s this fantastic sense of achievement.
I’m excited to be back at uni for a couple of weeks before my next clinical placement, as I haven’t seen my friends in about 4 months. When you’re at uni with your friends you take it for granted when you see each other a lot, but when you’re on placement and have had a challenging shift you realise how much you need them.
On this course I have met some of the most incredible people, students and lecturers. You almost feel inadequate next to them, they just have such kindness and support for one another and are so committed to the course. The camaraderie of the class is lovely and there’s a really happy atmosphere. Everyone is growing, bonding and learning together, and it’s an indescribable experience. It’s going to be interesting to see how we all progress through our midwifery careers, but for now I’m just enjoying every minute.
One of the most rewarding moments of my student career happened quite recently, when I was approached by a woman whom I had cared for both during her pregnancy and postnatally. I really enjoyed visiting her after her birth. She was a lovely character as was her husband. I was really glad that she had approached me, and it was amazing to see her baby as well, who was months older and just gorgeous. I felt quite touched by her words of gratitude and it’s at times like those that I treasure the job I have the opportunity to do.
Every day is different for a student midwife, you never know what to expect but the one thing that you can always count on is another learning experience.