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"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."