Hello, I’ve been busy completing my first labour ward placement. After a nice little break for Christmas with my family, it was back to labour ward for my final three weeks for this placement block. They were a beautiful three weeks. My last shift ended with the birth of baby number 18.
In my last few weeks on labour ward, I really started to feel confident in the care I was providing, helping mothers bring their babies earth side on a daily basis and caring for even more families in the crazy run up to meeting their little one, or supporting them after the grand event. I was even lucky enough to attend the birth of a baby born in direct occiput posterior (face to the sky!) which was quite surprising, yet amazing.
I finished my placement with great feedback from my fantastic mentor, a midwife who has taught me so much in what feels like such a short amount of time. My grade is one that I am very happy with, and the experiences I have had will stick with me forever. I’ve cared for some amazing families, all inspiring in such a scary and exciting time.
My last week on placement was in the obstetric theatre. The first day was very daunting- I’d only ever seen someone’s insides on the telly! The theatre environment is very strange and a little scary. Through the week I got to see a number of elective caesarean sections and some additional procedures including tubra ligation.
On my first day, the sight of an actual uterus was a little overwhelming, meaning I spent the rest of that procedure sat on the floor. But as the week went on, I became familiar with the procedure and was allowed to baby take. On my last day, I was taught how to scrub and got to watch a section up close and personal and was given the chance to feel the uterus inside of the abdominal cavity.
At the end of my placement, I celebrated my 21st birthday and had a much needed break. I completed my first deadline of year 2, a portfolio to document our time on placement, and I’ve now begun to focus on the next set of deadlines- presentations and essays. Next week, I head back into university until mid-April to learn about emergency skills and high risk obstetric care. I can tell it’s going to be difficult, but I’m looking forward to getting back in the classroom for a bit.
The UCAS deadline has flown past us now, and I’m sure many of you have been lucky enough to get interviews. To those of you who have been unsuccessful this year, please don’t give up- I didn’t! In my first year of application I was unsuccessful, but looking back now it was definitely the right decision. My extra year gave me a chance to mature and understand the profession I wanted to enter. Keep positive!