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Becoming a midwife

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november90 Fri 22-May-20 04:16:20

So just after some guidance. I'm 29, single mum with 2 children, my youngest being 8 days old ❤️❤️❤️
I've always dreamt of being a midwife/working within that field... but never really pushed myself. I went to uni straight after high school to do something completely unrelated and it was such a waste of time!
Does anyone know if there's any funding/what avenue I need to go down to become a midwife? I don't believe I can have another student loan due to already having one before.. but at the same time a few people have suggested that may not be the case with it being a health care qualification?
When my husband walked out on me I realised its time to make something of my life and become something more then just a person at home! This isn't something I would do immediately, maybe on the next year or so, but I don't even know if it is possible!

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longtimecomin Fri 22-May-20 05:02:05

No advice as it's not my field but good luck op. If it's what you want to do, I hope you succeed. You should create a vision board to speed up the delivery of your wishes.

polkadotpixie Fri 22-May-20 05:51:42

I'm not certain about midwifery but you can get a second student loan for nursing so you may well be able to. Good luck 😊

MarchingFrogs Fri 22-May-20 07:06:07

Yes, you can get finance for a second degree in midwifery. This is from the NHS health careers website:

All undergraduate and postgraduate nursing, midwifery and many of the allied health profession students can access support of between £5,000 and £8,000 per year from September 2020. And the good news is, you don't have to pay it back.

In addition to these payments, you can also take out a student loan from theStudent Loans Company, even if this is your second degree. Please note that if you are studying paramedicine as a second degree, you are not currently eligible to access loans from the Student Loans Company.

www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training/considering-or-university/financial-support-university

anotherusername1234 Fri 22-May-20 07:18:45

I went to an open day at my local hospital and asked about this. You can apply to be a Maternity Support Worker and then apply to train as a midwife through a hospital scheme, you get paid for working from the start and you don't have to pay for your training.

november90 Fri 22-May-20 09:15:46

Wow this sounds amazing! I feel so excited now!!! 😀 Thank you everyone ❤️

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anotherusername1234 Fri 22-May-20 09:59:43

I think I'm going to wait a few years until my youngest is at nursery at least because I have no idea how I'd manage the shifts and three kids 6 and under. I'm not sure how childcare would work around shifts/needing to sleep in the day etc.

november90 Fri 22-May-20 12:12:00

Yeah I totally agree @anotherusername1234 it's not something that I want to do tomorrow but I do want to do it and I just never thought it was possible as I thought that I would have to pay for it all myself which I would never be able to afford!

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anotherusername1234 Fri 22-May-20 12:43:18

Same here. I've been looking into it for years but the tuition fees made it unworkable. I'm hoping that things may change with NHS training fees in the future, but I'm really keen to go the apprentice route.

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