I found out when I will begin my student midwife placement. So exciting! I’m also into the second month of my midwifery degree, and during the last month I’ve completed the first Physiology and Anatomy, and Midwifery Practice courses.
Half of my programme is broken up into separate courses, each of which is followed by an exam. For the other half I will be out on placement, and being assessed continuously.
The content so far has been really in-depth and requires a lot of self-directed study alongside lectures. However, we are learning about biology in the context of healthcare, so the information is relevant and lectures often use examples of situations we may find when out in practice to help us understand.
My first exams will take place in August, so as well as undertaking my first placement as a student midwife, over the next few months I will also be revising heavily.
During lectures we were given a lot of advice regarding the different revision resources that we might find useful, from online videos to practice tests and workbooks put together by the lecturers themselves. We also had a revision session in which we were told how the exam would be structured and what type of questions might be asked.
The students on my course are very supportive of each other, and a Facebook group has been set up for us to share useful resources and information we find with each other, which is really helpful.
Student midwife placements
I have also now been given my first placement areas. I will be working at the Birth Centre (a midwife-led unit) and labour ward, which is very exciting. My personal tutor arranged for some second-year students to come in and speak with us about placements and answer any questions we had.
They were able to give us a good idea of what to expect and shared some really useful tips. For example, one student suggested we keep a pocket-sized notebook in our uniform at all times which should include important information such as the meanings of abbreviations we might hear, normal ranges for vital signs such as blood pressure and respiration rates, and anything we learn as we go along.
While on placement we will be assigned to a mentor midwife who will supervise our practice and sign off our assessment documents as we go along. Mentors might ask questions to test our knowledge at any time, so I will need to make sure I have thoroughly revised all the midwifery practice information I have been taught before my placement begins.
As I write this, uni has broken up for Easter and the holidays are followed by a self-directed study week, so for the next couple of weeks I will be going back over everything I have learnt so far. Which is plenty!