The moment I realised... I wanted to be a midwife

Abbie Rich explains how her passion for midwifery has motivated her to make a long-term impact on families' lives

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I remember being interested in midwifery from a really young age, but I think I began my interest in it quite naively. I thought midwifery was all about cuddling babies. I didn’t really know what else the role encompassed.


 

But as I got more interested in midwifery, I did research, I did work experience. I came to open days and I talked to student midwives about the role – what the role really was and I realised it had so much more to it.

‘Midwife’ itself means with women and I soon learnt that midwives play a massive role in the antenatal intrapartum and postnatal periods, as well as supporting women preconceptionally in some areas.

I used this passion to push me through all my GSCEs and my A levels and when I had to do an access course, that kept me going through.

Fast forward time and I was on a night shift on a labour ward. I had just facilitated a particularly memorable delivery with a lovely couple and they brought their younger son in to visit the new baby. 

They introduced me as the midwife who brought their little baby into the world, to their son, and said, ‘this is the midwife, this is Abbie.’

Nobody had ever actually called me a midwife at that point and even though I’m still a student very rarely do people refer to you as the student, they say that you are the midwife. I felt I played a massive role in that family’s life and I really enjoyed spending time with them afterwards.

On another occasion I was caring for a couple following the news that their baby had died. This involved a lot of bereavement care, something which I hadn’t done before and I hadn’t had a lot of experience in learning during placement. It’s not something we learn about a lot at University and I don’t think it’s something you can learn too much about.

The couple had found out shortly after their 20 week scan and this wasn’t their first baby loss. I sat with them, I cried with them, and when the baby was born I helped create memories so they could remember their baby. I provided a memory box, hand and footprints, as well as photos.

It was a really challenging few shifts, but it was definitely very memorable for me and I feel like I actually made a difference in that family’s life.

A few weeks later, quite a few weeks later, I received a letter in the hospital thanking me for how I helped them. It made me realise you really do have a long-term impact on a family whether you are a midwife or a student, they just remember you as being someone who was there and held their hand and listened to them.

Do you want to help women have the best pregnancy and birth possible? Make a long-term impact on a family?

This course equips you with the skills, knowledge and professional insight needed to become a registered midwife. Whether it’s helping clients before labour, or giving support to new mothers, you’ll learn through doing – building your confidence as you go. You’ll also discover the social and cultural influences that shape maternity care today, so you graduate ready to excel as a fully-rounded healthcare professional.

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