Joint runner-up: Tayla Paige Hopkins, Student Midwife, University of Wolverhampton
‘There is such a sweetness in being part of creation; of a midwife and life itself’.
“I’m a third-year midwifery student coming towards the end of my course. This is a photograph of an art piece/collage I made in an art session which was put on to reflect on and celebrate the last three years but also destress from all the looming deadlines. I’ve never been a natural at art, so I wasn’t confident I’d produce anything of worth. It’s not a masterpiece I admit, but I was proud of what I produced as I felt that for me it perfectly encompassed my journey over the last three years as well as my feelings about midwifery. I struggled with my confidence to begin with and have been reluctant to believe in myself at times. But midwifery has made me grow into a woman who is so proud to care and be an advocate for women during childbirth; such a significant life changing event. There is such a sweetness in being part of creation; of a midwife and life itself. The hands represent the support I’ve received over the past few years from mentors, tutors, fellow students, family and friends. But also, the support women receive from midwives throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. It also represents some values of midwifery which I love; equality, opportunity, teamwork and most importantly listening to women.”
– Tayla Paige Hopkins, Student Midwife
Joint runner-up: 1st and 3rd year students, University of Suffolk
“This picture shows our student midwives running an event for International Day of the Midwife within the University of Suffolk. They created an attractive, fun stand to encourage other students and members of the public to come and learn about Midwifery.
The first year students created a poster full of pictures of ‘their journey so far’, with pictures of them carrying out skills and reflective quotes. The third year students came and supported them with their event and were able to highlight the range of emotions that come with being close to being fully qualified. Additionally displayed, were their academic posters, some of their learning materials and some fun well known games, with a midwifery twist.
Over the last few weeks the first year students have enjoyed using the University models to practice their Midwifery skills and are now enjoying their first placement in practice. It was great that the third year students could give them advice and support ready for practice. They are proud of the profession that they have become a part of and throughout the day they shared their stories with many others and raised the profile of the wonderful job a midwife does, to many people.”
– Becky Baker, Associate Lecturer in Midwifery
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