At the beginning of November we were given some time off, which was great. It allowed me to go home for a bit to see my family and take my time recapping over the topics I’d learnt in my first six weeks at university.
In the two weeks I had off, I raided the library for a number of books to reference for our collaborative practice module.
Our contact time has now finished for this module, but continuing to read up on the topic has really allowed me to understand the importance of being a collaborative practitioner and effective communication skills.
I also made lots of wonderful, coloured revision cards. Recapping hormones, anatomy and physiology and clinical skills really put into perspective how much I have learnt in such a short time.
Some of these topics are hard to get your head around, but I’ve found revision cards and party rings really help!
Getting back into university was lovely. I was raring to go and continue with learning.
As nice as time out is, it made me realise how much I enjoy being a student midwife and learning, no matter how hard some days can be; fetal circulation is a really difficult one to get your head around!
Since my last post I’ve learnt how to administer injections, which was quite daunting. Once I’d practised a few times my confidence grew and I began to feel a lot more comfortable with the method.
Being able to practice with a number of different resources really helps to settle you when learning these new skills, taking away the fear of getting it wrong. We’re all going to make mistakes when learning these new skills, it’s really important to remember that!
In our other lessons, we’ve focused a lot on bonding and breastfeeding. These are topics that I have found absolutely fascinating and a real eye opener into the impact we, as students and midwives, can have.
Learning about bonding not only engrossed me deeply into relationship building between mum and baby, but also bagged me a response from McFly’s Tom Fletcher on Twitter! Hurray!
In our bonding session, our group made a piece of art to symbolise bonding. Our group came up with a fantastic idea, showing the physical representation of pregnancy and the emotional imprint of bonding with mum, baby, partner and other siblings.
Outside of university, midwives across the country took strike action again in November. The support for them around the strike areas and on social media was incredible and really helped me to understand individual reasons behind strike action.
As a baby in the midwifery profession, issues such as this are a new concept. Having platforms to learn from these issues is fantastic though, benefiting my understanding of the midwifery role further.
I have a few weeks left in university before semester one finishes! I cannot believe how quick time is passing, how much I am learning and how close placement is!