Becoming a midwife when you have young kids

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Hiya, I'm wondering if anyone has studied at Uni to become a midwife if they have young kids. I have a 14 month old (I am his sole carer during the week because my partner works full time and then I work on the weekends) and don't know if it would be possible for me to go to a regular university and study midwifery. I was planning to do an online degree for History so that I could go into being a teacher (you just need any degree to do this) but I want to keep my options open and have always wanted to be a midwife so figured if I could get a Midwifery degree, I would also have the option to go into teaching later in life without having to do two separate degrees.Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Hiya, I'm wondering if anyone has studied at Uni to become a midwife if they have young kids. I have a 14 month old (I am his sole carer during the week because my partner works full time and then I work on the weekends) and don't know if it would be possible for me to go to a regular university and study midwifery. I was planning to do an online degree for History so that I could go into being a teacher (you just need any degree to do this) but I want to keep my options open and have always wanted to be a midwife so figured if I could get a Midwifery degree, I would also have the option to go into teaching later in life without having to do two separate degrees.Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Providing you have all your child care in place for the next three years while you are doing the midwifing degree then you should be fine with everything. And you'll be hoping to go to a local university as well which can be difficult due to the limited numbers of potential students that each university in the UK take in each year.
You'll need to factor in any unfortunately time of incase your child is severely ill and in hospital as you need to make up any lost time you have of. Plus you only get about 7 weeks holidays a year of and most of them are at the end of each academic term ( Xmas and new year, Easter and end of the academic year plus possiblity of few other weeks in the summer.) As you don't have summer off.

Unfortunately working as a midwife or a nurse involves working unsocial hours and days plus you have nightshifts and weekends as well as dayshift to work. A student midwife or nurse at university will be attending the university building itself Monday to Friday between 9am - 4.30/5pm

When you on placements you'll probably be doing either long hours shift's or split shift patterns depending on what the working hours etc are for the hospital trusts that your University is under.
Long hours shift's are usually 12 - 13 hours doing 3 days out of 7 days a week - you'll have 4 days off.
Split shift patterns might be say - 6am - 2pm / 2pm - 10pm or. 10pm - 6am nightshifts doing 5 days out of 7 days with only 2 days off.


If you are going into teaching eventually then I think it's pointless doing a 3 year midwifing degree to them go and do I think another 5 years at university for to be a teacher as don't take this to heart ok midwifing is full hand on and it's very hard degree to do.
You actually need to make up your mind from the start and concentrate on that particular career path.

You'll need to make sure that you have all the necessary entry requirements for to do the midwifing degree as you need math's and English and biology but some universities only requires a science subject.

A NHS Scotland registered midwife x
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