I’m a hands-on, learn-by doing kind of person; throughout my schooling career, I became deeply interested in science. Another notable passion of mine is to empower women, particularly during crucial moments of life including pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. I wanted to pursue an occupation that would enable me to not only exercise that passion, but also play an integral role in the extraordinary transition of a woman becoming a mother.
I went to UTS Open Day, knowing that I wanted to learn about the Bachelor of Midwifery course. Once I saw the state-of-the-art learning facilities UTS offered to complement and crystallise learning, I was convinced that this was the course for me. Having the opportunity to obtain on-the-go practical experience during semester with real-life simulations was an invaluable addition I couldn’t overlook. The staff at UTS – both academics and students – were also transparent about the course and their experiences. They were approachable and were willing to answer any and all questions I had.
Overall, the most rewarding aspect of the course are the continuity of care experiences. Being able to follow closely a woman from the antenatal period, through to the intrapartum and postpartum period is deeply fulfilling – both for the mother and her baby and myself. A strong relationship can be established with a woman that cultivates trust, learning and compassion to assist in improving outcomes for the woman and her baby. These heartening moments are constant reminders of the indispensable role midwives play in Australia’s around-the-clock healthcare system.
The Bachelor of Midwifery course has allowed me to experience first-hand the daily tasks and responsibilities expected of me as a midwife and provided background theory classes to complement the practical learning in a culturally diverse and friendly environment. Moving forward, after I have gained clinical midwifery experience, I would like to become a Clinical Midwifery Educator.
My advice to future students would be to foster friendships with fellow peers in your course, including students from other faculties, and ask questions! Don’t be afraid to be the round peg trying to fit into a square hole or the person who initiates a conversation to the person next to you - you are all in the same boat and chances are, other people are struggling with the same things you are. Be organised with your work at university and prioritise the right things - commence assignments as early as you can, hunker down when necessary, and positively do not fall into the trap of cramming before exams!
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