sittingon-topoftheworld asked: Hi, iv got my life sciences ex in jan!! I'm really struggling with revision on top of my first placement, any tips?! Thanks
This is literally the worst thing about placement and academic work combined, trying to fit them both in!
I quite often got staff to test me if they had a free minute. I also took revision cards in with me to placement, and if I got a lunch break I’d flip through them.
I know the last thing you want to do after a day in placement is revise, but if you can negotiate with yourself (an hour of revision, then a 20 minute TV break) you can fit it in without completely melting your brain.
And really use your days off. As nice as it is to have a rocking social life, your exams are important. By all means spend some of the day doing social activities, but dedicate most of the day to revision. I used to get up at 8, revise until 15/1600, then have the rest of the evening off for social stuff.
miss-imperfectionist asked: Hi! I applied for midwifery this year, and I'm really comfortable with anatomy and blood and guts and all that stuff. One thing freaks me the hell out though! Episiotomies! Do you guys do that often? The idea just makes me sick, but I don't want one little procedure to throw me off this path! Thanks!
Are you from the UK? Because if so, episiotomies are really rarely done by midwives here. Or at least they’re hardly done in my hospital!
They most commonly occur during an operative delivery (ventouse or forceps), and so the doctor managing that delivery will do the epis.
I’ve seen one woman given an episiotomy during a normal vaginal delivery, and that is because the fetal head had been on the perineum for a very long time but delivery was not occuring. The perineum was nice and thin, and because the fetal heart rate dropped to a pretty severe bradycardia they wanted to expedite delivery.
Personally, I have never actually done an episiotomy on a woman. Only in simulated scenarios. That tells you how rare they are.
I hope that puts your mind at rest. Good luck with the applications! :)
I’m working 1330-2130 Christmas Day and then 0730-1530 Boxing Day.
the fact that breast feeding in public is up for discussion
the fact that the sexualization of breasts has gotten to the point where it gets in the way of its sole fucking purpose
So long as you’re discreet about it.
I mean like, public urination ain’t cool.
i don’t know what they taught you in school son but we don’t piss out of our tits
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Just got very excited over the fact that the bagels I bought today for my breakfast this week are pre-sliced, therefore making my 5.30am regime that little bit quicker.
Pre-sliced bagels are the most exciting thing that has happened to me today. This is what happens when you move to a new town and have no friends there.
If you’re a first year student midwife in the North West of England who had their tour of a certain big maternity hospital today…
I was watching you….
Hahahaha I’m not being creepy! I was actually in the hospital for mandatory training as part of my new job, and a big bunch of you were at the lifts when I came out of the stairway. I actually spoke to two of you, only a quick “Are you the new first years? I’m newly qualified. Good luck!” as I ran past.
Let me know if you think you know what hospital I am on about, or if you saw me/spoke to me! If not, any of you starting on the postnatal ward will see me soon!
Pressure Points - Royal College of Midwives -
This new campaign is so incredibly relevant right now.
Women are getting asked to go home from hospital earlier and earlier. My hospital now has an “enhanced recovery bay” that aims to send all women who are well after having a cesarean home the day after they have their baby.
Abdominal surgery can be difficult enough to recover from, never mind when you have a brand new baby to care for. Your entire core is sore, you don’t realise how much you use those muscles until you can’t use them as effectively because they’ve been messed with.
Going home on day one should be a choice. NICE guidelines say day 1 discharge should be offered. That means we shouldn’t be advising women to go home just because we can.
The same goes for women who need extra pain management, or feel they’d benefit from more support with breastfeeding. They should be able to stay.
But don’t get me wrong, it’s not the staff’s fault. Women are being discharged because the hospital is too small, there’s not enough beds or staff for women to stay longer than a day or two when they are clinically and obstetrically well.
Things desperately need to change, but with more maternity units closing down, I can’t see it happening any time soon.