My journey to midwifery: a career that begins with care

Chloe Bagnall

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

27 April 2017

I chose to study midwifery as I wanted the opportunity to make a difference to women’s lives and their families, by combining the exceptional care I would learn at ARU with my passion for caring for others.

I wanted to support individuals from a variety of backgrounds to embrace their special experience and to encourage them in times of need. I was, and still am, fascinated by pregnancy and the physiological changes the body goes through to welcome a new human being into the world. I knew midwifery was the vocation for me, I could not imagine myself doing anything else.

I chose to study at Anglia Ruskin for many reasons. Being the youngest in my family I wanted to move away from home and develop my independence. The location of the university in the heart of Cambridge along with the community feel and friendly vibe from the university, students and its staff made me feel safe and comfortable, and enthusiastic to study at ARU. Most importantly, I chose Anglia Ruskin due to the connections with the local hospitals and placement opportunities in these Trusts. My placement area is a well-known and impressive hospital, so I feel I will benefit majorly from my experience in this Trust.

I found the application process to ARU very straightforward. The administrators were very prompt and helpful in providing information on what to expect next and what was required of myself to progress. The interview day was very well organised and the tutors made us feel as relaxed as we could be!

I thoroughly enjoy both the theory and practical elements of the course, a lot more than I ever anticipated I would. Theory and placement is well balanced and placement helps consolidate the theory learnt in lectures. The course is very challenging and demanding, it is hard work and requires determination, but with organisation and commitment it is manageable and enjoyable.

Midwifery is exceptionally rewarding. It is not just a career; it is a way of life. I feel I have found my calling in life and could not image myself in a different career.


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