Poem; I am a uterus

I am a Uterus by Alison Edwards Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University I am called the uterus Just seven-and-a-half centimetres tall With a waist called the isthmus And a thick muscle wall.   I have some shy longitudinals But the obliques give them a hug I can then rotate my circulars And […]

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Poem; being a student midwife

Being a Student Midwife Jennifer Cole Third year Student Midwife (now Masters degree student) at University of Wolverhampton When does this epic adventure begin? As you walk through the uni door? Or when you buy your first textbook? It’s actually way before. When you have that initial thought: ‘I want to be a midwife’, It […]

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Poem; dear student midwife

Dear Student Midwife Dear student midwife, with passion in your heart You want to make a difference but don’t know where to start. You feel so inspired by all that you’ve heard But you’re ‘just a student’, who will listen to your word? Well let me tell you student midwife, who hasn’t been here long, […]

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A selection of poems

A selection of poems The first two pieces of poetry were written about my caseloading experience as a student midwife. As part of my caseload I supported my brother’s girlfriend; the poems are about them and also about my own fears and expectations while caseloading. Reality bites. A student, mummy and partner, too Caseload is […]

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Being alongside – with #MatExp!

Charlene Cole BSC (Hons.), PgDL, PhD – student midwife Coventry University The theme for this month’s The Practising Midwife journal is Alongside. When I thought about what this meant to me many ideas sprung to mind – collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, our new alongside midwifery-led unit at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, @JennytheM’s latest blog […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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Supporting student midwives on the neonatal unit

by Karen Devine, midwife    As a midwife on a busy neonatal unit (NNU), I am constantly aware that not only are parents and families who use the facility out of their comfort zones, but also the student midwives who come for experience can feel this way, too. I have been there! I remember the daunting […]

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Student Survival Guide 3: Assessment And Clinical Skills

STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE NO 3 Assessment And Clinical Skills For Osce And Practice Starting midwifery education is a new series of ‘Student Survival Guide’ (formerly ‘Midwifery Basics’) targeted at practising midwives and midwifery students. The aim of these articles is to provide information to student midwives, consider the implications for midwives’ practice and encourage readers to […]

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Best foot forward – Midwifery society updates and events

Midwifery societies have grown from strength to strength in recent years. With more midwifery societies being established every year, we feel it is important to shine a light on the amazing work midwifery societies are doing every day. As Chair of UCLan midwifery society, I know how much extra time, effort, hard work and – […]

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Coping with change

Autumn heralds change in many ways: the leaves change from green to shades of orange, gold and red; the sun sets more quickly and the mornings are darker; fires are flaming; conkers are collected; and freshers begin a new chapter in their lives at university. Managing change is a skill that needs to be honed […]

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Viewpoint: Aspiring Midwives Stepping Up: Critical Awareness Around Midwifery And Birth In The Media

VIEWPOINT Aspiring midwives stepping up: critical awareness around midwifery and birth in the media Have you ever seen examples in the media in which the idea of midwives supporting normal birth is presented as dangerous? One of the funniest I’ve seen of this was in the comedy series Doc Martin. The irritable doctor, played by Martin […]

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