02 October 2014
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Midwifery degree courses

This innovative course will prepare students by focusing on the development of basic midwifery skills in a range of settings. The programme is designed to concentrate on care for pregnant women, delivering babies as well as educating and supporting parents.

At the beginning of the course students will focus on caring for women and babies during pregnancy, birth and for the first month following birth. The first year will allow students to get involved in antenatal clinics and wards, labour wards, postnatal wards and neonatal care. During the second and third years there will be more emphasis on research methods in midwifery, preparation for parenthood and handling complex and complicated childbirths.

This degree course will give students hands on experience of what it’s like to work within the modern NHS, and enable them to become knowledgeable, competent midwifes and join a very rewarding profession.

The teaching approach is based on a mixture of physiological theory and clinical practice that integrates theory with supervised midwifery practice. Great emphasis is placed on developing students into inquisitive and analytical thinkers who will understand the importance of delivery of individualised care to pregnant women.
 
A midwifery degree is one of the requirements to becoming a qualified midwife.


A midwifery degree is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practical placements in labour wards and antenatal/postnatal wards in the community. It will help students to discover a multitude of practical skills from how to tackle serious infections such as MRSA right through to  proper hand washing techniques.

A sample of the modules available on a midwifery degree course

  • Fundamentals in midwifery
  • Childbirth
  • Midwifery theory
  • Microbiology
  • Safe artificial feeding practices.
  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy
  • Critical care for neonates
  • Antenatal care
  • Physiology
  • Infant feeding
  • Breastfeeding
  • Post natal care
  • public health strategies
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Sexual Health
  • Examination of the Newborn
  • Pregnancy Aquatics, Nutrition and Health
  • Normal Childbirth
  • Screening & Diagnosis
  • Post-trauma Stress and Approaches to Trauma Care
  • Complications in Childbearing
  • Professional Studies for Midwifery Practice
  • Evidence in Midwifery Practice
  • Gynaecology
  • Midwifery Art & Science
  • Law and Ethics Applied to Midwifery
  • Family planning
  • Life Sciences in Midwifery
  • Complications and emergencies
  • Specialist Midwifery Skills
  • Choices in Childbirth
  • The Midwife and Public Health
  • Emergency Interventions in Childbirth
  • Substance Misuse - A Neonatal and Midwifery Perspective
  • Health and psychosocial aspects of maternity care.
  • Health inequalities
  • Obstetric and neonatal emergencies
  • Promoting normality and women’s health
  • Theatre recovery
  • Breastfeeding Theory and Practice
  • Special care baby unit
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Management and leadership
  • Examination of the Newborn
  • Contemporary Issues in Midwifery Practice
  • Sexual Health and STI's
  • Professional Practice
  • Surgical Interventions & Assisted Birth
  • Midwifery in the 21st Century
  • Surgical Interventions & Assisted Birth
  • Therapeutic Relationships in Midwifery Care
  • Surgery and disease related to pregnancy

Skills you will learn on a midwifery degree course

  • Independent and self-directed study.
  • Assessment and clinical examination skills.
  • Observational skills
  • Knowledge retrieval
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Collaborative working skills
  • Communication skills
  • Management of midwifery services
  • Decision-making skills
  • Individualised care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Team working skills
  • Learning theories
  • Promoting and improving standards of care
  • Written and oral communicating skills

Midwifery personal statement
Below is a personal statement written by one of our writers. You can use this example to gain an idea of how to structure and put together your own one. You are strongly advised not to copy or plagiarise it, instead use it as a resource to inspire your own creative writing.

Example

"My interest in midwifery first started when my sister became pregnant, I supported her throughout her pregnancy and found it to be a wonderful experience. After the birth of her baby I began to study pregnancy and assess potential options for a career as a midwife. It was my sister’s experience along with the fact that I have always wanted to work in a caring profession that finally convinced me to take my first step towards a degree and hopefully a very rewarding career.

At college the tutors encouraged feedback from students and this helped to make us all feel more included in the course. I found it easy to absorb the information being given out about caesarean operations, breast feeding, postnatal complications and anatomy. Whilst on the course I also gained a comprehensive understanding of the psychological, emotional, medical and legal viewpoints right through to the ethical aspects. The more I learnt the more the pull towards becoming a midwife grew stronger and stronger. I was so committed that in the evenings I would go over what I had learnt in the daytime and look forward expectantly to the next day. All in it was a life changing time for me and I left the college feeling like I had really learnt something useful.

Whilst at college I also started to work part time as a care assistant in a local health centre and loved every minute of it. This was a great experience that gave me an insight into the realities of the job, as I began to see at first hand the theory and practice start to fit together and to really understand what I had learnt so far. Previously my experience of meeting real midwives was quiet limited but now for the first time I also had the opportunity to chat to professionals who had the same interests as me. They taught me many things, including the importance of accurately updating medical records, asking the right questions and of making every pregnant woman feel special and relaxed during examinations. I gained an appreciation of the power of a professional midwife who understands the needs of pregnant women in a crucial period of their lives.

My experiences to date have developed me both personally and professionally and helped me to clarify my future career pathway. My next challenge is to consolidate my existing skills and further develop my academic credentials by completing a degree course. Whilst researching the universities which offered midwifery, I found that not only does your university have one of the highest graduate employability rates, but it is also very highly regarded academically. Furthermore upon visiting your campus and seeing the first rate facilities I became convinced that your institution is the right place for me to enrol at."

More midwifery personal statement examples

Typical university interview questions

Why do you want to become a midwife?

Answers

  • I had discovered through my personal experiences that I have a real passion for midwifery and get a real sense of satisfaction from helping women right through their pregnancy to a successful birth.
  • I feel privileged caring for and developing bonds with women during one of the most important periods in their lives.
     

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