Not all plain sailing…

Sophie Spittle

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

6 December 2013

Steve and I thought it would be a nice idea to get a kitten from a local animal shelter to complete our family. We chose a tiny nine-week-old fluffy ball of ginger and white and called him Leo.

After having him home for 2 weeks, he fell critically ill and had a 3 night stay at the vets. Unfortunately, at the same time, our water pipe burst under the sink, leaving our kitchen flooded up to our ankles and a water bill up to our eyeballs. Don’t get me started on the vet fees.

Everything has sorted itself now but I’ve got an assignment due in and a lot of remainder stress to contend with. Its times like these I feel like someone is really testing me!

My assignment was actually really exciting though. We had to create a health promotion strategy for a topic we feel passionate about and make a poster representing our idea and present it to the class. When it came to presenting the strategies there was a mix of topics from our class; contraception, gestational diabetes, smoking and pelvic floor exercises. The aim was to identify an area which needed an intervention to promote better health for pregnant women. I chose my passion; teenage pregnancy. I have always been interested in teenage pregnancy and have felt really strongly that teenagers deserve extra care throughout pregnancy and birth. I took this assignment as my opportunity to show my ideas of how to make pregnancy and birth a better experience, with better outcomes for teenagers in this area using my own innovative ideas. I got some really good feedback from my peers and was on cloud nine after sharing my ideas.

I also worked another open day recently and it made me realise how lucky I am to be on this course. It really put things into perspective as I saw people so passionate about wanting to become a midwife and remembered that that was me over 2 years ago sitting on the other side of the table… all of a sudden I felt incredibly blessed. Sometimes we need days like that to make us sit up and think; ‘Hey, it could be worse, look how far I have come’.

Times can be testing but you get through them with determination, love and a little help from a plumber and a vet!


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