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This article appears in: Learning Abroad , Nursing and Midwifery. She traveled to Bali along with other students from her course, to participate in a study abroad program where the student midwives watched and learned from Balinese midwifery practices. Here, Veronica reflects on her trip. Having grown up as a girl and worked as a midwife in Zimbabwe, Mpho brings great insight to the difficulties faced by women and midwives working in poorly resourced conditions.



Who has had a student midwife follow their pregnancy?

Before I get in to the nitty gritty here, I just want to set out why I wanted to write this blog post. I've been a midwife for almost 10 years. I was also once a student midwife, many moons ago. In this time, I've seen a lot of midwifery students who were fantastic, and then some who seemed hell-bent on destructing their career before it's even begun.

So here's a really quick guide to what your midwifery lecturers, educators, facilitators, preceptors and peers really want to tell you, to help you on the road to being a fantastic midwife in a employment position of your choosing Tip 1: Recognise your worth within the multidisciplinary team. How many times have I heard someone referring to themself as "just a student"? This first tip goes a long way to creating your confidence in your skills in the job - if you can believe you make a real, positive contribution to the team, then you know you belong there.

Students, in my opinion, are a crucial element to healthcare. You are exposed to the latest research, best practice, have recent skills training and hopefully developing skills in communication, critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Hospital policies and cynicism aren't yet flowing through your blood vessels.

I'm not blowing my own trumpet - it was only because of my recent exposure to these things that I was able to do this, rather than other midwives with years of experience. Tip 2: Trust your intuition.

One of the downsides to going straight from high school into university is the lack of life experience. As a fresh-faced 18 year old studying nursing and midwifery, I was terribly naive, and judgement was not something I regularly practiced. However, it meant that that uneasy feeling in my gut often got ignored because it made me uncomfortable rather than exploring why I was feeling that way.

In time, with more experience and thanks to recent research shedding light on community issues, I began to feel more comfortable working and communicating with women and their families. I began to understand how prevalent family violence is and intimate partner violence, especially in pregnancy , how rife mental illness is, and so on. And I began to realise - that woman's partner who is giving me a funny feeling On a slightly unrelated note, on a night shift with several awesome midwives and doctors, we were shocked to discover how many of the team working that night had met their current or previous partners online.

But one of the doctors summed it up: "because of our work in healthcare, we are so skilled at that first impression, that more often than not our immediate judgements on a situation are correct. So when we meet someone online, we have a fairly accurate radar of 'this person is good for me' or not".

Develop your first impression skills, and learn what your gut is telling you. Then learn to trust your instinct. Just like my points on judgement above The midwives and doctors are eyeballing you the moment you walk into the unit. Can you be trusted? What are your skills like? How much leeway should they give you?

I guarantee there will be some clinical shifts where you don't give a rat's bum about being there maybe it's day 9 of 10 for you, maybe nothing's happening, maybe it's a week of nights. So, how to be excellent? Arrive in time, well-prepared for your shift, but don't be over-confident. Your appearance is important - I was once buddied with an arrogant med student I say arrogant - he insisted on doing skills that he was clearly unprepared for who was dressed in a sweater riddled with holes.

Your presentation is a representation of your attitude, and this guy was just not deserving of being present at such a vulnerable and intimate moment in a woman's life, nor the privilege of witnessing her baby's birth.

Let's just say he went home early from that shift. Be enthusiastic even if you're not , be accountable - if you make a mistake, own it and learn from it. I can guarantee you, poor behaviour filters back in one way or another, and things are always changing in hospitals - so the midwife you are buddied with at hospital A where you aren't enthusiastic to be, because you want to work at hospital B might be besties with the in-charge at hospital B, or she might get that job herself just as you are applying for grad years.

I've also had numerous phone calls and emails over the years from hospital staff after they've had issues with student behaviour - trust me, it is all being noticed, so you need to go in like you're preparing to get your dream job. Tip 4: Time management is crucial. This is a skill you must absolutely perfect. And I'm not just talking about making time plans for your 8 hour shift. I'm talking being punctual to your shift even if it means taking an earlier train, etc.

It means planning out your semesters so you are well prepared for the clinical hours and assessment tasks. It means submitting your clinical documents and assessment tasks in on time at university. To make a point, a student from many years ago failed to get employment after her course, because she has consistently been seriously late in submitting all her clinical placement documents, requirements etc.

So when it came to reference checks, her referees had to be honest about this particular habit of hers, and no manager was prepared to offer her a job - they are only concerned that you are going to be registered on time, pay your fees every year, manage your clinical competencies on time and not be a liability for the unit.

If you can manage your time, then time management on the ward will become second nature. Tip 5: Work out your learning style and build on it. It can be overwhelming at times, especially when you feel out of your depth. My advice as a fellow learner and midwifery lecturer is - find out how you learn best, and use it to your advantage. Think about your enjoyment and information retention. Then, once you've worked this out, just maximise your engagement with this medium.

Watch tonnes of lectures there's plenty online now if you are a visual person; get stuck into midwifery texts if you prefer reading, or just visit your university lab rooms as much as possible to practice your skills if you are a hands-on person. And seek out more opportunities to build on this: join the Australian College of Midwives they have discount student memberships where you can gain access to e-webinars, books, online courses, conferences and so on.

Talk with and work with clinical midwives during your placements who are good teachers for you, and find opportunities to learn on placement skills sessions, workshops, case studies, seminars, study days By working mostly with your preferred learning style, not only will learning become easier, but your marks will likely improve and you'll optimise your practice care of women and their babies as well.

Tip 6: Free, easy marks for your uni assignments! My students will be rolling their eyes at this one, because they're always complaining that I'm on at them for referencing, spelling and grammar problems in their assessment tasks. Yes, I'm a not-so closet grammar nerd, and I have high expectations when it comes to this. If you can learn these skills, then there's no reason you won't get full marks for this part of your work. Referencing is actually pretty easy, especially if you use an automatic referencing tool like EndNote usually the software is available through your university's library as well.

You barely have to think about referencing with EndNote! When you're writing, utilise the spellcheck option but know that it's not foolproof , but also read aloud to yourself at the end or get someone else to - you'll hear if the grammar is not right, or if the sentence structure sounds a little awkward. Tip 7: Be proactive. The most impressive students are the ones with initiative.

They seek out opportunities to learn and improve. They use reflective practice to examine clinical incidents and their own practice to identify gaps in their knowledge or care. You should be using your time to build your competence in the role of a midwife. So, really think about what's happening. Are you busy helping one mum learn to breastfeed while another mum is buzzing your buddy midwife for help?

Initiative would mean you offer to stay with the breastfeeding mum, while your midwife goes off to help the other mum. Offer your skills where your scope of practice and confidence allow i. You might find these tasks boring or unstimulating, but I can tell you - the midwives and the mums appreciate help where it's offered and done willingly, and it will go a long way in securing your employment in a good position.

Tip 8: Acknowledge the privilege of being with woman. I have always said, the moment that I am not enjoying the work of a midwife - it's time to leave the profession.

Luckily, I adore it still hence this website! You need to recognise that not just anyone gets let in to this intimate moment of a family's life. Be grateful for this. If you don't appreciate it, move on. Respect the privilege.

Tip 9: Make sure you're a good memory. One thing I've learnt - women will remember the good and the bad of their maternity experience but usually not the mundane, inbetween Birth stories are littered with fantastic examples of maternity care, and also gut-wrenching, awful, embarrassing examples. Every time you interact with a woman is an opportunity where she may remember you - make sure it is for the right reasons.

Many of the birth stories on this blog include student midwives - and in the majority of cases, the mums really, truly appreciated their care. It goes without saying that this point applies to already practicing midwives and other health professionals too!

Tip Learn how to balance your life. This skill is underrated and under-discussed. Sure - we all know that work-life balance is important. But we don't teach this skill, so you need to actively discover how to achieve the right balance.

How can you stop yourself from reaching this point? Self-care is a big thing: recognise when you need some me-time and do things that bring you peace. Read a book, watch a movie, eat a block of chocolate, do yoga, do a HIIT workout, walk your dog, have a long drawn-out coffee, plan your next holiday, bake a cake or fresh loaf of bread, have a bath, burn a candle Do whatever will relax you.

If it's uni work - talk with your lecturers about your workload, I guarantee they are well-trained in managing and negotiating this! If it's happened at work - seek out a debrief with a midwife you trust.

Perhaps it's a midwife you were buddied with, a preceptor, or your midwifery lecturer back at uni. Debriefing is part of reflective practice, and helps you to process and move past difficult events. Finally, work out your warning signs that things are becoming too much.


I received the following from an Australian midwifery student who has agreed for me to publish the post anonymously. Whilst it can be confronting, it is so important to listen to midwifery students with open ears and hearts. They see maternity care through fresh eyes. As midwives we need to nurture students and role model woman-centred care and strong advocacy. This piece is not an evidence based article.

Dear Midwifery Student,. I am sharing this with you in reply to your request for advice or words of wisdom on your journey. I hope you will understand when you realise that I have shared this with others before you, but I would far rather send you a shared response than no response.

Before I get in to the nitty gritty here, I just want to set out why I wanted to write this blog post. I've been a midwife for almost 10 years. I was also once a student midwife, many moons ago. In this time, I've seen a lot of midwifery students who were fantastic, and then some who seemed hell-bent on destructing their career before it's even begun. So here's a really quick guide to what your midwifery lecturers, educators, facilitators, preceptors and peers really want to tell you, to help you on the road to being a fantastic midwife in a employment position of your choosing

The First Days as a Student Midwife on Placement in Birth Suite

Would you like support from a Midwifery student? The intention of the CCE is to enable students to experience continuity with individual women through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. CCE means the ongoing midwifery relationship between the student midwife and the woman from the initial contact in pregnancy through to the weeks immediately after the woman has given birth, across the interface between community and hospital settings. The woman must be no more than 35 weeks pregnant at the first meeting with the student. The midwifery student may accompany the woman to antenatal appointments, classes or screening tests and may also be invited to attend the birth as a support person and may maintain contact for weeks after the birth. The level of involvement is at the discretion of the woman and will depend on the availability of the woman and student, ideally with the student attending a minimum of 4 antenatal visits and 2 postnatal visits during the course of the partnership and providing support during the birth. The student documents the partnership like a case study, but the name of the woman, the care provider or place of birth will not be used in order to protect privacy. The CCE program provides students with opportunities to experience a range of different models of care; they experience different perspectives and ways of thinking which is important in developing their own way of practice. Students learn from talking and listening to women, by observing the relationship between the woman and her care-provider and in developing a range of skills including developing professional relationships, time management, documentation, and clinical midwifery skills.

Students Working with Women

Midwifery is focused on the care of women during pregnancy, labour and up to six weeks post-partum, and on providing health counselling and education within the wider community. Midwives work in partnership with women and their families to provide support, care and advice throughout these milestone life events. As experts in pregnancy, labour and post-partum care, midwives work with women and families at what is often a pivotal moment in their lives. At UTS, our specialist midwifery degrees are producing skilled and responsive graduates with the capacity to deliver informed, reflective and compassionate midwifery care.

An overseas midwifery placement is a clinical placement you undertake in an under-resourced but fast-paced hospital in the developing world.

Hundreds of pregnant women in Queensland have been given the opportunity to get ongoing support from midwifery students. The University of the Sunshine Coast has just extended a program that matches expectant mothers with their students. To earn her degree, the year-old is required is to follow at least 10 women from early pregnancy to postnatal check-ups.

Student Midwifery Stories

Find a midwifery student to accompany you throughout your pregnancy journey. Midwifery students are individuals who are passionate midwives in training, and they are looking for pregnant women to work with. If you are interested in having a student midwife share your pregnancy journey, read on to find out what it is all about.

Midwives associated with Midwives Australia live and practice all over Australia. Private Practice Midwife. Low booking numbers to enhance the quality of service. All consults done in-home. A midwifery practice with a health and wellness-based approach to educating on all things body, birth and baby. We offer antenatal shared care for women wanting a more personalised approach to their pregnancy care and once-off education appointments for any women using any model of care.

How do you find a student midwife?

Edit page New page Hide edit links. As midwives and student midwives we a profound need to tell and hear stories. It is how we share experience, understand each other, and create community. Story telling can be full of personal anecdote, explain customs, needs and values. Wisdom is best expressed by a story. Story telling is a powerful and effective way to communicate. I have dedicated this section of the website to stories told by student midwives. To share experiences that are either happy, sad, empowering, challenging or inspiring.

Call The Student Midwife Perth has members. This group is for mothers to be who are looking for student midwives to support them and learn from their.

Fully furnished spacious room available for rent in a secure 2 bedroom apartment at Ilixir, Cheltenham. The room comes with built in wardrobe, separate bathroom and a undercover car park. I'm a student midwife of Indian origin and I'm usually either at work or on placements in the hospital or working on assignments. I'm looking for someone similar. Apartment is nearly new and fully furnished with a good sized balcony sunset view from level.

Continuity of Care Experience

Edit page New page Hide edit links. My alarm is sounding, but I am already awake, I jump up and my heart is pounding. The day is here, my first day of placement, in a real hospital, on a real maternity ward — I have been anticipating this day, not just since being at University, but from beginning my path to becoming a midwife my dream job.

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