Student midwife blog, May 2014
In preparation for beginning my first placement next week, I have spent the last month revising and reading as much as I can about midwifery practice.
The thought of going out into practice is very exciting but also really nerve-racking!
At university, we were given further theory and skills sessions in order to practice what we had learnt. These sessions included topics such as abdominal examinations, vital signs and drug calculations.
Universities generally use specially designed mannequins to allow students to practice procedures. We’ve also been taught about infant feeding and how to support mothers when they are feeding their babies.
Practical skills sessions are a really useful opportunity for me not just to practice procedures, but also to work with the other student midwives on my course and get used to verbalising my actions, as this is what I will be required to do during practical exams.
Lecturers like to see that students can explain what they are doing and why, not only using medical terminology but also in a way that is clear and easy for clients to understand so that they can make informed decisions about their care.
As well as being taught how to carry out procedures such as abdominal and vaginal examinations, a large part of our training is looking as how to interact with women to help them feel at ease and build a good relationship with them.
During sessions, lecturers and students will often draw upon personal experience in order to come up with examples of ways in which we can help women to feel comfortable and respected.
This week has been our trust induction week, in which we visited the hospitals that we will be working in and met the midwives who are responsible for managing our placements.
They gave us lots of helpful information and advice about placements and answered any questions we had. They, along with our personal tutors and mentors are there to support us throughout our training, which is very reassuring.
It’s great to know that there is a really strong and enthusiastic team of midwives at the hospital and university; working together to make sure we receive the best training possible.
Over the next few weeks I will be observing and assisting in deliveries, and may have even delivered my first baby!