By Ellie-May Sandall
Ellie-May Sandall is a year 10 student. As part of her school’s Work Experience Week, Ellie-May chose to do a week’s work experience at MIDIRS.
I am only on my second day of work experience with MIDIRS and I have already gained so much new knowledge and experience. It has also given me a more definite answer to what I want to do in the future.
I have been undecided for a long time on which career path within the NHS I want to work in in the future but this work experience has helped me decide that I am most interested in midwifery and working within NICU. I will most likely choose this as my career path.
I had the pleasure of speaking the Cathy Ashwin (MIDIRS Principal Editor) who has previously worked as a midwife and kindly shared some of her experiences with me. She also gave me a lot of guidance when talking about which routes are best to take before becoming a midwife.
Additionally, I have had the opportunity to read many different articles and blog posts, with some written by student midwives. Reading about people’s real life experiences has literally made me want to start the job immediately!
Reading people’s stories about how they have been able to help so many families bring babies into the world just sounds so inspiring and I want to be able to do that for people. I want people to be able to read my story and feel inspired which is another reason why I think midwifery is the right job for me. I also think that you have to have such a big drive and passion to do any job within the NHS and be able to fulfil the job role. In my opinion, if you don’t have a real passion and drive to do something, the likeliness of you being able to successfully take part and really love the job that you do, is very low.
Despite all of the positive aspects to being a midwife, there are also some negatives to the job. For example, midwives experience babies not being able to breathe properly, or sometimes not at all, which can then result in the parents panicking. By choosing midwifery as a career path, you should be aware of the fact that even in times of panic and worry, you as the midwife, need to be calm and collected in order to provide the right care for the newborn and act as an effective support system for the parents.
With a family that you are guiding and supporting, you should still be a healthy and stable support system for the parents regardless. By doing this, it creates a better patient / carer relationship. In order to create a better relationship with parents is it also important that you work with the parents and not for them. This will potentially help both you and the parents gain a sense of trust throughout the pregnancy and therefore making it easier when the mother gives birth.
By reading the articles and blog posts available to me through MIDIRS, I feel as if I have successfully gained so much knowledge that I would not have been able to otherwise. The resources available have definitely given me a positive insight into midwifery and therefore my decisions that I am going to have to make in the future have now become a lot easier.
Making the decision of what career path you want to take can be a very daunting time and many people, like me, struggle to make their final decision. Although I am only 14, going on 15 as I write this, I understand that I do not need to know exactly what I want to do in the future, I just feel as if it is important to have some kind of idea.
Just because you work in one department within a hospital, it does not mean to say that you are going to work in that one department for the rest of your working life. There are many different options and routes you can take. However, just knowing that you want to work within a hospital environment opens up such a wide variety of opportunities.
Before I started my work experience with MIDIRS, I knew that I wanted to work within a hospital environment and I knew that I was interested in working in both midwifery and NICU. However, I was still unsure of which path to take. Now, having spoken to Cathy and many other staff working at MIDIRS, I know that it is possible for me to be involved in both. This is something that I didn’t know was possible before speaking to Cathy, I just thought that you had to complete your adult or child nursing degree then go on to work in NICU without having a midwifery degree. However, Cathy informed me that it is in fact possible to complete a midwifery degree and then complete an extra neonatal course to work in NICU additionally. This helped me greatly and was one of the many reasons that I was able to make a rough plan for my future.
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