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Anyone retrain as a midwife?

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Smileandmakemyday Thu 06-Feb-14 15:51:36

I've been a sahm since I had dc1 6 years ago. I am considering applying for a midwifery course starting sept 12 months when dc3 will be about to start preschool.

I already have a business degree but nothing relevant to midwifery. I understand it is very hard to get into, has anyone any tips? I'll be in my mid thirties smile

Smileandmakemyday Thu 06-Feb-14 19:43:22


Popplecake Fri 07-Feb-14 17:35:02

Get some experience as a maternity assistant on a maternity ward if you can. If not, ask if you can do a day's work experience. This will look really good on your application. A lot of healthcare courses like to do group interviews where you "reflect on yourself" so it might also be worth learning about and practicing some self-reflection. This would benefit you massively on the course too.

Read up on risk assessment, maybe take a healthcare access course at college (they take a year); these will all help. You might also want to look at learning some nursing calculations as this comes up in a test for nursing and could easily be the same in midwifery. GL!

Smileandmakemyday Fri 07-Feb-14 19:53:45

Thanks popple smile

WeAreSix Fri 07-Feb-14 19:56:34

I completely agree with Popple.

Work as a Maternity Assistant / HCA first. If you love it and can work the shifts around family life, go for it. The ideal of being a midwife is sadly very different to the reality. But I am a jaded, broken nurse/MW so I do admit to having a bit of a negative opinion of the profession now...

scottishmummy Sat 08-Feb-14 11:03:53

Get work experience as hca. Be realistic about the job,the shift work
It's satisfying but tough career choice
Can you shadow or go talk to a midwife

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