11 January 2019
Student midwife Amber discusses her top five course highlights so far, including being present at her first birth.
1. Facilitating my first birth
On my first placement on the high risk delivery suite I was able to facilitate my first birth. I had experienced a lot on this placement within the first few weeks including being present at caesareans, forceps deliveries and being ‘hands on’ for natural birth but nothing beats that first catch! Of course I was very nervous and overwhelmed with emotion but I had an amazing mentor to support and guide me and after catching the baby and passing it to her mother I was just filled with joy and emotion. Every birth so far has been amazing but I will always remember this.
2. Getting my results for the first assignment
I had to write a reflective essay for my first assignment and although I had been to college and done an access course, this was a higher level of academic work and really tested me as a student. I have always struggled with self-doubt and find it hard to believe in myself but after receiving the results I was finally able to believe in myself as a person, an academic and a student midwife.
3. Meeting my amazing group of friends
I remember being told at the beginning of the course to make good friends with those around you because you can have a fantastic network of people outside the course but none will really understand you like the other girls on the course. I couldn’t find a truer statement if I tried. The first few weeks were a crazy time and I made lots of friends but I made three very, very close friends who support me an unbelievable amount. We spend quality time together outside of university as well and I know I have made friends for life.
4. Passing first year!
The first year went so quick and I couldn’t believe I had passed with such amazing grades! Waiting for results is a truly terrifying time and the few minutes before opening the results of an assignment/exam, the feeling is just indescribable. However, the feeling when you see you have passed is just the best in the world! Knowing that all the hard work has paid off and you can continue to chase your dreams is amazing!
5. Starting second year with a new level of confidence
The transition from first year to second year was a scary time for me. Having two strips on the epaulettes instead of one is scary but after putting them on and walking onto my first placement it felt incredible. I found a new level of confidence that I didn’t know I had. I started to act like a second year, I felt I knew information and I could understand a lot more (especially what doctors were saying!!). I still rely a lot on mentors and staff on the wards to guide me, as I know I have a lot more to learn about midwifery but the step up in confidence is incredible. Learning to believe in your ability as a student midwife is something I think takes time but once it’s there it doesn’t leave.