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    Hey all.

    I graduated in 2009 from Worcester with a 2:2 in Sociology with Associated Psychology. I should have done better, but was diagnosed with thyroid disease halfway through my studies which made me very poorly, so I was just relieved to have passed by the end of Uni!

    Anyway, my health is a thousand times better than it was, with everything now controlled. I am looking to return to Uni, preferably Worcester once again as I had such a good experience there, to study Midwifery.

    I am currently applying for an Access to HE Level 3 Diploma in Nursing, Health and Social Care, and putting out feelers regarding work experience in Maternity Units.

    I have two boys, aged 2 and 1, the youngest went straight into Neonatal Intensive Care when born for five weeks. This pretty much cemented my desire to study Midwifery.

    I was really wondering if anyone else is in a similar position to me, and may also be applying to study midwifery?

    I must admit, I'm quite nervous after being out of education for a while, and also terrified about not being accepted!!

    Would love to talk about it all!

    I'm 29 btw, will have just turned 31 at the start of the course (hopefully!)
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    (Original post by kadykat86)
    Hey all.

    I graduated in 2009 from Worcester with a 2:2 in Sociology with Associated Psychology. I should have done better, but was diagnosed with thyroid disease halfway through my studies which made me very poorly, so I was just relieved to have passed by the end of Uni!

    Anyway, my health is a thousand times better than it was, with everything now controlled. I am looking to return to Uni, preferably Worcester once again as I had such a good experience there, to study Midwifery.

    I am currently applying for an Access to HE Level 3 Diploma in Nursing, Health and Social Care, and putting out feelers regarding work experience in Maternity Units.

    I have two boys, aged 2 and 1, the youngest went straight into Neonatal Intensive Care when born for five weeks. This pretty much cemented my desire to study Midwifery.

    I was really wondering if anyone else is in a similar position to me, and may also be applying to study midwifery?

    I must admit, I'm quite nervous after being out of education for a while, and also terrified about not being accepted!!

    Would love to talk about it all!

    I'm 29 btw, will have just turned 31 at the start of the course (hopefully!)
    Hi, I start midwifery in September. It took me 2 tries to get an offer and I did apply to Worcester both times if you need any advice, ask me anything xx
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    Hi there. I don't have any advice but a question.... I'm also wanting to study midwifery as a second degree. I studied early childhood studies (finished in 2009). Have you had any answers from student finance about what support (if any) you're eligible for? I can't seem to get any answers, and as the NHS are no longer funding the tuition fees from next year it's really up in the air.
    Obviously you may not need student finance but just wondering if you had had any definite answers. Haha.
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    (Original post by kadykat86)
    Hey all.

    I graduated in 2009 from Worcester with a 2:2 in Sociology with Associated Psychology. I should have done better, but was diagnosed with thyroid disease halfway through my studies which made me very poorly, so I was just relieved to have passed by the end of Uni!

    Anyway, my health is a thousand times better than it was, with everything now controlled. I am looking to return to Uni, preferably Worcester once again as I had such a good experience there, to study Midwifery.

    I am currently applying for an Access to HE Level 3 Diploma in Nursing, Health and Social Care, and putting out feelers regarding work experience in Maternity Units.

    I have two boys, aged 2 and 1, the youngest went straight into Neonatal Intensive Care when born for five weeks. This pretty much cemented my desire to study Midwifery.

    I was really wondering if anyone else is in a similar position to me, and may also be applying to study midwifery?

    I must admit, I'm quite nervous after being out of education for a while, and also terrified about not being accepted!!

    Would love to talk about it all!

    I'm 29 btw, will have just turned 31 at the start of the course (hopefully!)
    Hi not wanting to study midwifery but I'm in a similar situation with two young kids and will be 31 when I start uni

    Provided you've got childcare for cover when you go to college and enough time to keep up with the demands of the course you should be fine, best of luck.
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    (Original post by Lpaul16)
    Hi there. I don't have any advice but a question.... I'm also wanting to study midwifery as a second degree. I studied early childhood studies (finished in 2009). Have you had any answers from student finance about what support (if any) you're eligible for? I can't seem to get any answers, and as the NHS are no longer funding the tuition fees from next year it's really up in the air.
    Obviously you may not need student finance but just wondering if you had had any definite answers. Haha.
    Hi there! The new student finance system for previously NHS funded courses states that it will still allow people with past degrees to have student finance
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    Hi! I've just applied for midwifery for 2017 and am currently finishing my first degree this year in Anatomy and Human Biology.
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    Hi Lauren, I recently applied for Midwifery too, I am in year 13. Your Anatomy and Human Biology degree sounds awesome too!

    (Original post by lauren5643)
    Hi! I've just applied for midwifery for 2017 and am currently finishing my first degree this year in Anatomy and Human Biology.
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    (Original post by Bubblebex1)
    Hi Lauren, I recently applied for Midwifery too, I am in year 13. Your Anatomy and Human Biology degree sounds awesome too!
    Hey! Where have you applied? Have you heard anything back yet?
    Thanks it is awesome, we're one of the few unis still doing human dissection, not even our medics get to dissect!
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    (Original post by lauren5643)
    Hey! Where have you applied? Have you heard anything back yet?
    Thanks it is awesome, we're one of the few unit still doing human dissection, not even our medics get to dissect!
    I applied to Surrey, King's, Kingston, Southampton and Bedfordshire, and have interview invitations from Surrey and Kingston, so excited. What about you? sounds really cool I do love Biology, just not the parts at school where we learn about plants haha xx
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    (Original post by Bubblebex1)
    I applied to Surrey, King's, Kingston, Southampton and Bedfordshire, and have interview invitations from Surrey and Kingston, so excited. What about you? sounds really cool I do love Biology, just not the parts at school where we learn about plants haha xx
    Well done! And good luck for your interviews! I applied JMU, Chester, Manchester, Edge Hill and Salford. Got an interview from Edge Hill and not heard back from the rest yet.
    Yeah I hated plant biology but the modules on the degree are really good, the only one I don't like are the cellular biology ones with all the signalling factors, it gets so complicated x
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    Ahh well done! Yeah some parts of Biology like that I find difficult at A level, let alone in a degree. Good luck with all your choices xx

    (Original post by lauren5643)
    Well done! And good luck for your interviews! I applied JMU, Chester, Manchester, Edge Hill and Salford. Got an interview from Edge Hill and not heard back from the rest yet.
    Yeah I hated plant biology but the modules on the degree are really good, the only one I don't like are the cellular biology ones with all the signalling factors, it gets so complicated x
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    I'm now entering week 6 into my Midwifery degree, if anyone has any questions please ask
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    (Original post by LC1996)
    I'm now entering week 6 into my Midwifery degree, if anyone has any questions please ask
    What shoes do you wear for placements? Are trainers allowed?
    Thanks
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    (Original post by lauren5643)
    What shoes do you wear for placements? Are trainers allowed?
    Thanks
    It depends on which trust you work at as they have slightly different uniform rules. However I think across the country trainers a huge no because they aren't wipeable. We're always covered in different bodily fluids like amni, blood etc and so it needs to be leather so it can be wiped off for infection control. Also trainers don't look very smart. Me and my whole cohort of 26 student midwives and most of the 120 nurses in first year wear Clark's Unloops. They're seriously ugly but SOOOO comfortable, your feet will thank you after a 12 hour shift. Also you don't feel silly as most staff and students you come across will also be wearing them. Where are you applying?
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    [QUOTE=kadykat86;62659181]Hey all.

    .... the youngest went straight into Neonatal Intensive Care when born for five weeks. This pretty much cemented my desire to study Midwifery.
    QUOTE]

    Forgive me for editing your post, kadykat, but as a qualified midwife, this phrase
    really stood out for me.
    Is this your sole reason for wanting to become a midwife? if it is, its a little
    bit misplaced. The term midwife means 'with woman'. Our primary focus is on the
    care and management of the parturient woman experiencing a healthy and
    uncomplicated pregnancy with a duty to highlight to doctors any cause for concern which gives rise to complications. While we do deliver women who are preterm the baby is cared for by specialist nurses. It used to be the case, back in the day, that midwives staffed neo natal intensive care units, but these days, its far
    more the remit of the sick children's nurses. If caring for premature babies is your primary career goal, that may be a better move for you than midwifery.
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    (Original post by LC1996)
    It depends on which trust you work at as they have slightly different uniform rules. However I think across the country trainers a huge no because they aren't wipeable. We're always covered in different bodily fluids like amni, blood etc and so it needs to be leather so it can be wiped off for infection control. Also trainers don't look very smart. Me and my whole cohort of 26 student midwives and most of the 120 nurses in first year wear Clark's Unloops. They're seriously ugly but SOOOO comfortable, your feet will thank you after a 12 hour shift. Also you don't feel silly as most staff and students you come across will also be wearing them. Where are you applying?
    That's great info thank you! I've applied to Manchester, JMU, Salford, Edge Hill and Chester. Got interviews from the first four just waiting to hear from Chester x
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    Yes you do have to apply for student finace from September 2017 sadly, due to the abolishment of the NHS busarys
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    Wow. Whether or not to wear trainers with scrubs is the single biggest worry you people have with regard to becoming a midwife?!
    Really?!

    I seriously doubt the labouring woman is likely to look at your footwear and pass comment whilst she's in the process of giving birth. I think she'd much rather you focus your attentions on her, and provide her with skilful and sensitive support, rather than admiring your Nikes in the nearest mirror to see if they chime in with the colour of your uniform. You've been watching FAR too much Holby City.

    As a practising midwife, I despair.
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    (Original post by Ria1970)
    Wow. Whether or not to wear trainers with scrubs is the biggest worry you people have with regard to becoming a midwife?!
    Really?!

    I seriously doubt the labouring woman is likely to look at your footwear and pass comment whilst she's giving birth. I think shed much rather you focus your attentions on her rather than admiring your Nikes in the nearest mirror to see if they chime in with the colour of your uniform. You've been watching FAR too much Holby City.

    As a practising midwife, I despair.
    I'm not sure I really understand your hostility.
    I asked a question to someone who was kind enough to give me an informed answer.
    To be met with such negativity from a practising midwife makes me despair.
    I hope you show more compassion to mothers in your care than you have to me.
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    Good grief, I am not at all hostile.

    I mentioned that the focus of care is the woman, not a pair of shoes. In what way is this negative?!?!

    Get your priorities straight.

    Please don't bother trying to insult me once again. I will neither look at, nor respond to your comments any further.
 
 
 
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