Journey of a Midwifery Student and what a Midwifery Student could offer you….by Anita Franke
Hello and welcome, my name is Anita and I am a third and final year midwifery student. Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of working alongside and learning off Zoe, Alinta and Ebony.
I have been invited to write a blog for you and I would love to share a little bit about my journey to becoming a midwife and why I am joining such a blessed profession and finally tell you a little bit about the continuity of care relationships that midwifery students can offer.
Midwifery is an amazing profession and one where no two days are the same. Midwives dedicate their lives to looking after mothers, families and babies. Midwives work across the entire childbearing year; that is from about 12 weeks into your pregnancy to 6 weeks after you have had your baby. This provides us with an opportunity to care for women and their babies in a variety of settings. It truly is so special for us to work with you through this important time and care for you to the best of our ability.
The Bachelor of Midwifery has been going for about 10 years within Australia, which means that you can train solely as a midwife without having prior nursing qualifications. It is a three-year degree, in which time we complete hundreds of hours of placements, are on call for births and attend university. As part of our midwifery program we must complete a minimum of 20 continuity partnerships. By the time I graduate, I will have completed 24 continuity partnerships, the majority of which have been through my local public hospital, the remaining through two different midwifery led birthing centres and I have attended one home birth.
A continuity partnership is where we meet women in the antenatal clinic and â€œ link upâ€ with them, we attend a minimum of three antenatal appointments, we are on call to come to the birth and then a minimum of two post natal visits. This is one of the most demanding but absolutely enjoyable parts of our course. These continuity partnerships give us a chance to really get to know women and their families, provide continuity of carer (which is associated with many benefits) and gives us students a valuable learning experience. In third year, we provide the majority of midwifery care to you under the supervision of a registered midwife. I have worked with some incredibly inspirational women over this time and have learnt so much from getting to know them and getting to know what they want from their pregnancy, birthing and early parenting experience.
Many public hospitals have midwifery students that you may meet along your childbearing experience. So now if you meet a midwifery student, you might know a bit more of what we can offer you.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and understand a bit more about how we become midwives and what we can offer as students. I cannot wait to be a qualified midwife and spend the rest of my working life in this awesome profession!
(This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional. All information is written from the experience and knowledge of the person writing the post).