Throughout my first year, I made some fantastic friendships with people in my cohort and learnt so much. Much more than you’d believe possible when starting your midwifery degree. I have had an amazing first year with many fabulous learning opportunities. In such a short amount of time, I have cared for hundreds of families, each leaving a very special imprint on my journey of becoming a qualified midwife.
To round my community placement off perfectly, I got to attend a home birth! My oh my, what a wonderful experience that was!
My mentor and I arrived at the family’s home in the evening to a peaceful, candle lit front room to find the service user steadily progressing. Within the hour the pace got quicker and just before midnight I had assisted with delivering my first baby!
Seeing the whole process and being allowed to be hands-on was amazing and made so much of my previous learning finally click. Baby was born beautiful and healthy, and mum delivered with no intervention and no pain relief! The beauty of it all was how calm and natural the whole process was. Following the baby’s delivery we practised delayed cord clamping and the mother chose to have a physiological third stage. Once mum and baby were settled we initiated the first breastfeed.
After completing all the final checks we left one very happy, grateful family to rest with their new, beautiful addition. I’m so thrilled that my first ever experience of birth was one so natural and beautiful. It has also helped me understand a lot of things that had previously just been words in books – now they are processes that I can reflect on and imagine.
I completed my community placement with a grade I am very proud of and experiences that I will never forget. My mentor created the best possible learning environment for me, giving me everything I needed and much more. She taught me the beauty of natural, minimal intervention care and taught me qualities that I never want to lose as I go on to practice. Having a great mentor makes every part of being a student midwife even better!
As my first year drew to a close I completed my final portfolio and went to live back home for the summer. Over summer I’ve enjoyed some time off; this has been great for reflection. I’ve also had time to attempt to prepare myself for year two… lots of books!
As year two approaches I’m a little nervous, but extremely excited! If my second year is anything like my first it will be full of smiles, a few tears and lots of hard work, all of which will be worth it!
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