Student midwife Jasmine shares her journey to midwifery! If you are a prospective student midwife, you’ll love the ‘midwife qualities’ she’s listed for you!
Tell me about you, where you are from and what year you are in.
I’m Jas, I’m a third year student at ARU.
Why did you decide you wanted to become a midwife?
I’ve not always wanted to be a midwife. it was a decision I made with my best friend (who was currently training to be a midwife). She told me I would be good at the job.. so I went for my access course and then interviewed for university. It has been the BEST decision I have made, and I wish I had done it sooner.
How was the admissions process? Did you do any preparation before you applied? What was the process for writing a personal statement like?
Writing my personal statement was quite time consuming, I had help from my sociology teacher during my access course. I always find it’s quite hard to talk about yourself in a way where you have to ‘big’ yourself up. I linked my work ethics with my personality and found it flowed better. I didn’t prepare for my interview to much, I read recent news, looked on the RCM website and recent news about midwifery. I also was practising maths in case there was a maths exam (which there was)
What has been the highlight of your time so far?
The highlight for me has to be the feedback you get you from the women and their families. It’s the moment where you feel you’ve made a difference in someone’s care.
What have you not liked so much?
Work load is my major dislike at the moment. A medical degree is not easy.. and trying to balance work life, with uni life and home life has been a struggle. I’ve had to remind myself that it’s okay to take days off for myself.
Tell me 3 qualities that make an excellent midwife
3 qualities a midwife must possess is a heart of gold, a 5 litre bladder and a black pen! 😅
What are your plans for when you qualify? Do you have any specific interests?
My plans for when I qualify will be finishing my preceptorship and getting my Band 6. I like to stay here for a few years, build my learning and gain more experience. I would LOVE a future in bereavement however I am also steering to idea of teaching midwifery.
What is the workload like, really?
The work load is tough. I thought I had good management skills going through college but this is another level, I have to be organised otherwise everything is chaos.
Do you have any interesting placement stories that stand out?
Most placements stand out, labour ward will always be my stand out because it’s where I thought ‘I’m not cut out for this’ to ‘I am ready for this’ .. my confidence bloomed! My mentor was really got me out of my shell and I felt my potential grow. It’s a turning point as a student when you gain the confidence you need. I am no where near where I need to be, but the self doubt of ‘not being able to do this’ is slowly shrinking. I’m so close to the light At the end of this 4 years tunnel!
Give me a few random facts about yourself!
Random facts: I am one of 7 children. My favourite colour is black. I have 10 tattoos. My birthday is sometimes on Easter Friday 😅
What tips do you have for any prospective student midwives?
My tips for aspiring midwives is ‘lose the self doubt’ .. you are where you are because of YOU. Hard work and dedication. Find a friend within your cohort.. no one else knows what you’re going though than your colleagues. Be open and reflect with them, it helps to talk about your experiences and don’t be afraid to cry! ❤️
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