This month was very busy! The start of the month began with my one week midwife placement in the Antenatal Clinic up at the hospital. The clinic is an unbelievably busy environment with hundreds of women coming through the door every day. I found the clinic to be a very stressful and frustrating place; there’s so many women to see meaning on average a woman will get 3 minutes with a midwife before beginning her consultation with the doctor. 3 minutes! Although every contact counts, I find it hard to believe that we can deliver the care to so many women in such a small amount of time. I did learn a lot in that week, skills that will play an essential role in my progression as a student midwife.
At the beginning of the month, my first year blues were still lingering, but after my week in ANC I had a week off and then a week back in university. Having a week away from my midwife placement really allowed me to relax and get my head around why I was feeling the way I was. Being back in uni really got the ball rolling again for me, kick-starting that fire in my belly once again. It was lovely to catch up with my cohort; lots of laughter and chatter. It helped me realise that I wasn’t the only one starting to feel the blues that apparently comes hand in hand with the role of a student midwife from time to time.
We had a fantastic week in uni learning all about labour in preparation for second year and the start of our new adventure! We had a fantastic, creative week learning about the amazing abilities of mother and baby bodies. I got to play with playdough pelvises and did lots of cutting and sticking. I find these sort of tasks the best as being involved kinaesthetically really helps me learn. Learning again really helped put the excitement back into the course that I feel started to lack a little. To round off the week we celebrated in true cohort, 2014 style, and hosted a buffet. Delicious!
Now I’m back in the community, I can honestly say that taking a little time away to reflect has really helped me to feel much happier. My first week back in community was fantastic. I now feel like everything I’ve learnt previously in the placement is starting to click and fall into place. Since returning to placement I feel much more positive and I’m starting to notice my achievements much more. Last week I was booking appointments from start to finish. I also took a leading role in antenatal clinics and had many opportunities for postnatal checks and home visits.
Being a student midwife is difficult, but I don’t think you realise how difficult you’re finding it until you hit a patch of the blues. But for every little obstacle there is along the way, there’s a thousand things that make it worth every single second. With 3 weeks left on placement, the end of first year is in sight – an amazing and terrifying thought! We are the survivors of year one, hurrah!