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GRACEROSE2524 Tue 08-Mar-16 17:22:42

Hi Mummies,

VERY new to Mums net so hope im doing this right grin Im a carer at the moment for a company where we go into people homes and look after them, which fits perfect with my two young girls! They are getting me started on an NVQ level 2 in Health and Social care but what I have always wanted, is to become a midwife. I have no GCSE's and no clue on where to start! Can anyone help me or give any advice? Thank you so much!! Xxxx

bexcee8 Tue 08-Mar-16 17:30:04

You don't have to tell us you're new wink
xx = very new

knaffedoff Tue 08-Mar-16 17:35:56

Check out the access to nursing courses in your local colleges, from that you can apply to your local training hospital. Alternatively have you considered a role as a maternity support worker ? These don't pay so well but don't require the same level of training. Good luck flowers

mary21 Tue 08-Mar-16 17:41:35

I think you would need to do an Access course for nursing and midwifery then a degree in midwifery. You may need maths and English gcse or you may be able to do them at the same time as your access course. Or as above look at maternity support worker

HairSlide Tue 08-Mar-16 17:50:17

I did an HNC in health and social care as a route into university to do nursing (I'm in Scotland, not sure how that compares with NVQ 2)

Id look at what unis near you offer midwifery and what the entrance requirements are. Some universities consider your experience and access courses rather than just going on your academic qualifications.

Ive been a student nurse for a year now and I absolutely love it! Good luck

icklekid Tue 08-Mar-16 17:54:04

This might be helpful it does suggest 5 gcses are normally required so anot access course or level 3 nvq will probably be required. Also just on a personal note friends of mine have found midwifery very competitive so perhaps see if you can be flexible on location as some courses will be more over subscribed than others

ShutUpSirius Tue 08-Mar-16 18:00:18

Currently doing HNC clinical practice. Have uni interview in a fortnight.

Start off with access to nursing course then you may be able to access uni after that.

If not do the next level up.

My course is 2x 12 hour shifts, 2 days college and all essays, exams and study.

Currently doing it with a one year old. Sometimes feel as though I'm sinking. Other days I'm coping.

Midwifery up in Scotland is hard to get into. They are really hot on making sure you have maths and English. My friend didn't get an interview as she didn't have those despite having a degree in business.

I have an HNC in admin currently but couldn't access uni with that as I was over five years out of education.

So get in touch with your local college and start planning.

GRACEROSE2524 Tue 08-Mar-16 18:12:31

Ahh thank you for the advice, all of you!! I will have a look at the link you sent as am researching everything at the moment! Also, will read into a maternity support worker! Think at some point I will need to do GCSEs maths and English as they keep popping up wherever I look so maybe that should be my first port of call! My fiancé works shifts too which change on a daily basis so need to work out whether midwifery will fit with that as I think it will be just as much a shift job as his! Xxx

Letseatgrandma Tue 08-Mar-16 18:20:00

Sorry to butt in here, but can anyone tell me if I could apply to midwifery with a degree in English, or does your degree need to be science-related?! I've been a teacher for 20 years but have pondered midwifery in the past. Is it a 3 or 4 year course? Am I too old at 38?!

Is anyone here a midwife- how do you find the job? Stress? Management? Workload? Shift working? Paperwork etc

Hit me with it!

GRACEROSE2524 Tue 08-Mar-16 18:47:02

38 is not old and I don't think you can ever be too old to learn something newsmilei would say go for it! If you want to know about english degree, I'd maybe ring/visit a uni close to you and speak to someone, they quite often have open days! The course is 3 I think my lovely! Good luck! Xx

RayofFuckingSunshine Tue 08-Mar-16 18:51:05

Just as an aside, if you do either an access course or your diploma (level 3, rather than 2) which is what was the NVQ, you will also have to complete functional skills which are equivalent to GCSE's so you wouldn't have to do them separately.

saffynool Tue 08-Mar-16 19:21:02

Hi OP. The best place to start will be the admissions offices/websites of your local universities offering midwifery, as they do all vary slightly in their requirements.

I'm a midwife and a university lecturer. At my place we would usually request an access course (level 3) in a relevant healthcare subject plus GSCEs in Maths and English (or the equivalent modules as the pp says), as a bare minimum. It's extremely competitive - we have more than 15 applicants for every place. Work experience will help as well - some of our trusts put their MSWs on secondment to train as a midwife so that might be a route to look at, but these posts are few and far between.

It's a fantastic job but you need to have no illusions whatsoever about how tough the course is and the ups and downs that the job can bring. Training is three years fulltime - 12-hour shifts and academic work at the same time, nights, weekends, on call. No long university holidays wink. The govt are also removing the bursary and tuition fees help that our students currently get, and midwives will start paying back their student loans as soon as they qualify, so it's a financial commitment as well.

I hope this doesn't all sound negative. I would always encourage applicants from 'non-traditional' routes (ie not straight out of school with 3 a-levels) to apply as usually they have a lot to offer in terms of life experience and are usually highly committed. But it is important to be realistic. Do LOTS of research, ask lots of questions. Really think about why you want to do the job. Try (I think) for the inside track on the student life it's where I go to spy on mine grin

Feel free to pm me if you like.

scoobyloobyloo Tue 08-Mar-16 19:25:09

What a welcoming first comment Bexcee.


OliviaDunham Tue 08-Mar-16 19:27:31

GRACE I can't help with your question, but to save yourself a lot of hassle on here, don't use "xx" and don't call people "mummies" - I mean this really nicely, there are some people that will take offence and generally be down right rude about it.

Welcome to MN though and hope you get the advice you need thanks

dulcede Tue 08-Mar-16 19:35:48

I've name changed for this as I'm going to give away a few details that may make me identifiable to peeps I know use mn.

Midwifery is extremely competitive. I was selected as one of 25 students at my chosen university and they had hundreds of applicants. I had a previous degree (adult nurse) but you have to have something currently academic to show that you are in the loop with studying/research. I had been at home for 10 years With kids.

I took a second year microbiology module (it was suggested I do a science module...I think it cost £500 to do one module shock)

I loved it until I got to end of 2nd year and had a horrific placement in delivery suite in a specialist hospital. I was traumatised and had to leave the at end of 2nd year of different degree and glad I'm not responsible for pregnant women

You are looking after 2 people, one that you can't see and things move very fast, and if it goes wrong it is beyond awful. Also when I was doing my community midwives were only involved upto 6 weeks post birth and then care was transferred to health visitor unless there was a specific need for midwifery care to continue (birth after thoughts etc)

dulcede Tue 08-Mar-16 19:39:10

Urrghhh so I ment to say that the midwife is not involved with mum and baby for very long.

Good luck, it's worth trying, you never know until you do, I'm glad I tried but I wasn't tough enough, I loved it and did really well on the course but didn't have a thick enough skin

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Tue 08-Mar-16 19:43:18

letseat. I'm a midwife. I find itvery stressful. Lots of paperwork, overworked, pressure, finger pointing, investigations, etc, not enough time to do stuff well and the threat of disciplinary if you don't do stuff well.

I think I'd quite like to be a teacher but 95% of teachers seem to hate their job. But then I'd say a similar amount of midwives want to leave.

With midwifery you will have to work shifts, you may well get weeks and weeks of nights or weekends in a row. You get no say over your shifts. Xmas day, easter, bank holidays, etc. You often get no say in when you can take annual leave. If you want a specific week off you have to hope you get it or beg someone TO swap their annual leave. You may well work in a unit which frequently over allocates shifts to you, so you get 60plus hours worth of shifts a week even though your contract says 30.

gracerose. Entry requirements at my local uni are maths, english and a science gcse. Then either 2 As and a B at a level or an equivalent access course. In practice not many people get in via access. Over 1000 people apply for 80 places so they take their pick. Remember you need to pay 9k a year tuition fees now. You won't get child tax credits because even though you do 40 hours a week training it's not counted as you being employed so I got no help towards childcare costs. Unless that's changed since I trained but doubt it. It's a hard course.

I wouldn't encourage my dds into doing it. Maybe get a job as a hcsw in the mat wing and see what you think?

ShutUpSirius Tue 08-Mar-16 20:56:42

In answer to the age question. I'm 39. I'm 20 years work in administration. Totally outed myself to anyone who knows me.

I'm hoping to start in September. Never too old.

I want to work in palliative care but tissue viability really grabs me too

dulcede Tue 08-Mar-16 22:02:14

Are you wanting to do midwifery or nursing Sirius?

ShutUpSirius Wed 09-Mar-16 06:27:43

Adult nursing. Palliative is my interest just now. I love skin as well. Had a wee look into tissue viability

ShutUpSirius Wed 09-Mar-16 06:32:05

I have had two very badly mismanaged births. I would be unable to work as a midwife for my own sanity.

My last placement had palliative patients and as sad as it was. I found it wonderful to see the good nursing on the ward that made last days bearable for patients and family.

I have been with friends for end of life of 2 tots. I'd rather work with adults. It would be easier for me manage.

DropYourSword Wed 09-Mar-16 06:44:49

Two points, although I think others have already said this. Firstly if you have young children you will find even studying as a midwife challenging for childcare as you do evenings, nights, weekends, public holidays etc. There is a lot of work, it is extremely stressful.

I studied and worked as a midwife in the UK. I think there's often a misunderstanding of just HOW tough it is. I had to leave. There isn't enough money in the world to persuade me back. You give everything of yourself and it's never enough, and sadly it's mums and babies who ultimately suffer. You have to compromise the care you want to give and what women deserve with what is physically possible to do. I couldn't deal with the stress. I have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone in the profession but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

lynholmerpark Wed 09-Mar-16 06:51:58

Recommend you get yourself on student midwife net OP. Lots of good information on there and many people like you. I'm a midwife too (started my training at 40 after GCSEs and Access course). As pp has said you need to think long and hard about your motivations for this career. The training is incredibly challenging (including getting on the degree itself which does not attract a bursary shy note) and the job itself isn't necessarily what people believe it to be as pp says. I'd recommend trying to get some experience on the wards (maybe as maternity care assistant so you can first-hand appreciate the realities). Good luck!

MissTurnstiles Wed 09-Mar-16 23:45:59

When you say that your DP's shifts change every day, do you mean that they are different every day but planned ahead, or that his hours change suddenly and without warning? I ask because managing childcare when both parents work shifts can be an absolute nightmare, and I would not consider it without a strong support network of family nearby or a healthy childcare budget.

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