Exams and the less favourable side of being a student midwife will soon take hold as I complete my final few shifts on the ward.
Being on the ward has provided me with a great insight into my future profession, highlighting the impact we as student midwives can make on the many lives we enter every day and showcasing the areas we, as the upcoming generation of midwives, can tackle and make a real change in.
Meeting women daily is my favourite part of the job. Learning to care for them dependent on their needs and getting to know them in the process is extremely rewarding.
Of course there are the beautiful moments, like assisting with baby’s first bath or hearing a birth story from a woman who you cared for a few hours before she was wheeled away to the labour ward.
Those moments are some of my favourites. Although I have a long career ahead of me, I know that those women will always be key features in my steps to becoming a midwife.
I was also blessed with a wonderful team to work with. Each of them contributed to my learning and gave me tools that will help me develop into the midwife I want to be.
Working on the ward means midwives are often under a lot of pressure, but working with such a supportive team means that even on the tough days, being on placement was enjoyable and still provided a ton of learning opportunities for me.
In between all the fun I had on placement, I kept having to remind myself to revise. It’s so easy to become immersed in the wonderful world of midwifery, meaning it can be hard to pull yourself back to the reality of passing the first year by taking exams and delivering presentations.
Getting back into work seems tedious after taking those first practical footsteps into your future profession, but it has to be done. Bribing yourself with chocolate or the fact that you can have a nap after completing a topic normally works, though!
Once I got myself back into the swing of things, I’ve actually really enjoyed revising. It’s shown me how much being on placement has helped me to learn and understand all the anatomy and physiology we learnt before Christmas.
So from here on out I have a month of holiday and reading weeks before entering the scary world of exams! This is crunch time. Time to bury myself in books and hopefully emerge to enter my second placement with the community midwives. Mind maps, pretty colours and text books here I come!