When times get tough...


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

6 June 2017

Midwifery is renowned for being one of the toughest degrees. The following are just a few suggestions for when times get tough.

Everyone will experience times on the course where you feel like giving up; this may be due to placement, workload, assignments or even money worries. Hopefully my suggestions will aid you to work through these tougher times.


Suffering in silence is never the answer. Talk to you friends, mentors, lecturers, colleagues or family. You will often find that by voicing your concerns you will find your own resolutions.

Take time out

I don’t mean from the course but when you begin to feel overwhelmed take time to do something you love. Go for brunch, read a good book or binge watch a TV series. Sometimes you need to switch your midwife brain off and just relax.

Remember your roots:

Remember why you wanted to be a midwife. Don’t let a few dark days squish your passion. Read an inspiring midwifery book if it helps.

Seek help

If you are struggling academically or emotionally seek help from the university. Academically you can seek help from the module leader or personal tutor. In addition, you can get help at one of the daily study skills sessions.

You can find information on support and wellbeing services offered by the University here.


If you begin to feel overwhelmed take some time to make a list and prioritize your tasks. Visualising tasks seems to make them much more manageable.

You are normal

Remember you are not alone. We all struggle at different times for different reasons. Confide in your classmates and you will often find they have similar struggles. They will be there to pick you up during your lower times and vice versa.


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