For as long as I can remember I have wanted to become a Midwife and I never truly thought that dream would be possible. I completed secondary school and achieved 13 GCSE’s, but when I went on to college I had a tougher journey, and although I was offered conditional places to universities – I didn’t achieve the desired grades.
Due to this knock back I thought that was it, I wasn’t going to become a Midwife and my confidence took a battering to say the least. For a couple of years I jumped from job to job, never feeling truly satisfied or fulfilled. In November 2013, a job came up at my local hospital to become a Maternity Care Assistant and I was absolutely ecstatic when the maternity unit called to offer me the job.
After a couple of months working there I knew I wanted more, I needed to be the midwife. I started a Level 3 diploma, which was funded by the hospital in Maternity and Paediatric care, and after conversing with a newly qualified midwife, I started an access course at the Distance Learning Centre. This meant that I had the ability to continue working whilst gaining experience, and complete my studies from home.
I’m not going to lie, it was HARD work! After completing night shifts and waking up knowing that you have coursework to complete; it took a lot of motivation, dedication and perseverance, whilst trying to keep focused on the goal at the end. I had a tricky couple of months , butI got there in the end and I am so proud that I have finally received my offer from the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol for January 2016. Although my application still says ‘conditional’ I know that I have achieved beyond their entry requirements, so I cannot wait until I get a message from UCAS to inform me that it has changed from ‘conditional’ to ‘unconditional’!
My job has not only given me experience, but it has made me realise the kind of Midwife I want to be. I am a passionate individual and I know that I will endeavour and strive to ensure that women within my care will feel empowered, supported and valued as an individual.
I hope that this has helped any aspiring midwives and individuals still on their journey to university, and feel reassured and determined to reach out to their dreams. It’s not an easy process but the feeling when you know it has all paid off is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to be a student midwife!
Leah Buswell will become a student midwife in January 2016, studying at the University of the West of England, Bristol.