“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life thattransforms her till eternity. As she goes through this life changing journey in her own way she acknowledges all the generationsof women who were by her side, she is never alone”-suzzane arms.
A midwifeplays an important role from conception until postnatal period and beyond. Whena woman gives birth, not only is a baby being born but so is a mother. How sheis treated will therefore affect the way she feels about herself as a mother andas a parent.Midwifery is more than a career to me, but rather aprivilege to help, support, enable and empower women at the most life changingtime of their lives. I am aware that the role of a midwife can be quitechallenging as it involves engaging in lots of activities such as: supervisingand assisting mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus andusing knowledge of drugs and pain management, providing counselling and advicebefore and after screening tests, offering support and advice following events suchas miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and death. A midwife thus havea huge positive effect on not just the patients but their families making themfeel more comfortable.
Having worked with different individuals from differentbackground in my community, my friendly and empathetic nature would make mewell suited to care for others as a midwife.My choice of A-Level subjects indicates how dedicated I amtowards pursuing a career as a midwife as well as pushing me beyond my knownboundaries, teaching me to think logically and sequentially when approachingproblems. Studying Biology and Chemistry have helped me understand thefunctions of the body in more depth and how different drugs affect the body.Religious Studies has help me tothink critically, listen empathetically, and speak thoughtfully which isimportant in midwifery. In order to further my knowledge in midwifery, Ihave started a foundation degree in Health and life science. At the end of thecourse, I would have improved on my academic and laboratory skills which isrequired when I eventually start a degree course in Midwifery.I volunteered for a two weeks’ work experience at KingsCollege Hospital.
During this time, I was able to work alongside specialisedgynaecologists observing how they carry out their various primary roles, whichinclude examining and caring for patients, treating diseases and medicalproblems related to female reproduction. I was able to communicate and build agood relationship with the patients and staff. Also, I volunteered at my LocalPharmacy which gave me a rewarding experience. Although the placementenvironment was challenging at it was constantly busy, I managed to rise up tothe occasion and learnt a lot. I was able to observe how different drugprescriptions were assessed and dispensed, which included counting and checkingthe dosage of medication . My currentvolunteering experience is at a care home, and this has helped me to becourageous, compassionate and be able to deliver effective care to others,which is an essential skill as a midwife.
I am able to balance academics with extra-curricularactivities. I was a member of the sixth form prefect team and also a formcharity representative, I attended regular meetings and assisted with schoolevents such as open and parents evening. I was also a peer mentor and I volunteeredto assist younger students who are struggling academically either with readingor writing. I took part in the National Citizen Services (NCS) during summer2014, which was a three-week programme that helped me to develop my leadershipand teamwork skills.
It was a fantastic experience, as I have been able tobuild on my independence and confidence which is a key to succeeding as amidwifeI believe my communication, teamwork, organisation andproblem solving skills will help further develop my learning. I look forward toundertaking a degree in midwifery, and thrive as a leading midwife in themedical field.