If I had a time machine I'd have known...

Chloe Bagnall

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

28 April 2017

When I started midwifery at ARU, I was exceptionally apprehensive about the workload, being far away from family and being let loose in the hospital only six weeks in!

However, I soon realised there was no need for my anxieties as the workload is manageable and enjoyable, especially as I am so passionate about midwifery. 

The lecturers are very warm, down to earth, and approachable and you are well supported. I am grateful for their support through my midwifery journey so far. Looking back, I wished I had embraced the first six weeks of university and trusted myself and the tutors that I would be succeed.

Things that would have made that time easier:

  • time management – getting organised is the way to go!
  • balancing midwifery and social life – what social life? Plan nice things in for your rest days but don’t overdo it, you’ll need to sleep!
  • with organisation and management, it is possible to overcome these challenges. It's important to remember that everyone in the cohort is also facing these challenges, so supporting one another is valuable.

Midwifery is the most challenging, exhausting and thought-provoking journey I have ever embarked on, but by far the most rewarding. I know I will never look back! I am a different person now than when I began the course, and I cannot wait to 'live midwifery'.


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