Do I mention being a mother on my midwifery personal statement?Watch
So I am 22 (will be 23 applying) and have 2 children and writing my personal statement for midwifery 2022 entry... being organised so I can work on it all year.
Having two children puts me at an advantage as I am aware of conditions I wasn't pre-pregnancy and complications with pregnancy due to suffering them myself so have a more in-depth understanding of midwifery, things such as cervical ectropian causing bleeding, GBS, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, unmedicated birth etc, as I have had personal experience with all. However I am concerned should I mention the fact I have children in my personal statement they will think I am unable to attend placement and may be a liability as obviously you have to have the
'ability to follow a shift pattern that could cover any part of a 24-hour seven-day cycle'
which I would have, but I could completely understand if they have two applicants, one with a family, one single no commitments that they would rather give the place to someone more reliable.
However the issue is having children really does set me apart from other applicants, it gives me something really personal to talk about and allows me to relate to the expectant mothers I would be caring for as I have been there on the receiving end before.
PS- I should mention I have just graduated with a Law Degree and did this 2 children in tow so academically I will show that I can commit to the course despite having children, however no placement was involved obviously!
People who don't have kids or are unable to have kids could just as easily know about GBS, PET and other pregnancy related conditions.
Having been through pregnancy and birth won't be seen as an advantage im afraid but your knowledge of pregnancy complications will so focus on your knowledge not personal experience.
if you don't have clinical experience or high science grades then use your life experience as transferable skills. Such as working in a shop has transferable skills of dealing with the public, respecting communities, communication barriers etc.
If you're worried about how they'll view the childcare and placement thing, I wouldn't stress over it as plenty of mothers have studied midwifery and got along just fine, but perhaps you could mention something along the lines of 'my personal experience as a mother has given me an understanding of the importance of a strong and flexible support system' (which hints that you have support from others when it comes to childcare) if you have space to add that/feel it is necessary.
Also remember that universities aren't actually allowed to dismiss an application purely on the basis of you having children, unless they have reasonable belief that you'd be unable to balance childcare and placements. Given the number of mothers who have studied midwifery and got along just fine, they wouldn't really have any grounds to do so. If they're concerned about it, they'll more likely ask you about it at an interview, where you'll be able to explain with more clarity about the childcare support you have in place, and discuss any support available from the uni if necessary.