Since I last wrote I have completed my three week placement at the birth centre which was marvellous. The birth centre is for women with low risk pregnancies, providing a less medicalised environment and perfect for an active labour.
I had an amazing time at the birth centre! During my time there I delivered my first baby. An experience that was very overwhelming and terrifying. Despite observing birth a couple of times before getting hands-on, which was scary!
While working there, I got to see some wonderful sights ranging from immediate skin-to-skin initiation and delayed cord clamping, to physiological third stages and babies born in the caul.
As my time at the birth centre came to a close, I was privileged enough to take the lead role in helping bring six brand new beautiful babies into the world. At the end of the my time there I really started to feel confident in providing intrapartum care, keeping up to date with the notes and partogram and guiding the women and their partners through a scary yet incredibly exciting stage of their lives.
I have now realised that nothing makes me cry more than a brand new Dad who gets teary after the birth of their baby that can seem like a long and relentless journey. My favourite experience of my time there was offering a family a ‘rebirthing’ experience. For this, we offered an opportunity for a woman and her new baby to enter the birthing pool once the baby has been born. This is because the baby was born too quickly, therefore the woman did not get the water birth she wanted.
Seeing how important this was to her initially made me feel disappointed that we couldn’t fulfil her plan for her baby’s entry to the world, but offering her this option was the next best thing and the family were really grateful for this.
After the long old slog that was three nights on the trot, I had a much needed week off which allowed me to go home and spend some time with my family. Since then I have rotated back to labour ward. Labour ward is a very different environment to the birth centre and I was upset to be leaving the beauty of the birth centre behind, but once I got back into the swing of things I’ve started to enjoy my time. As I mentioned in my last post, my labour ward mentor is really lovely and has a heart for giving women the most normal birth possible.
In between all these wonderful working days, I have been slowly working away completing deadlines for formative assessments. Completing academic work is something I find quite hard, especially now that our contact time with university is so infrequent. I’ve also recently completed my dyslexia screening, a learning disability that has been undiagnosed throughout my 16 years of education.
Since my diagnosis has been confirmed I have had so many extra support systems put in place to help me enhance my learning opportunities and better my university experience. Getting through high school, sixth form and my first year at university without the support I needed or recognition of my dyslexia is something I’m really proud of and I’m really excited to go forward with my education now.
In the run up to Christmas, I have a few more weeks left on labour ward and then it’s back into the classroom for more learning which I am really looking forward to. In December I have a Safe Medicate exam, something I’m currently working hard on to pass, so fingers crossed! And of course, in between all of this, there’s a tree to decorate and Christmas songs to listen to!