I’m combining these asks because they both ask the same kinda question :)
I did go straight into uni after my A-Levels. And your teachers are partially wrong.
I had no experience in a maternity setting. The hospital where I’m from does not allow people to shadow midwives, or do any kind of work experience with midwives. So I had none.
What I did have was a certificate showing that I’d completed a Midwifery Insight Day. I’d spent two days in a lecture room listening to talks by midwives from the local hospital, and engaging in scenario related problems.
I’d recommend you both contact your local hospitals and birthing units. See if you can get even a few days work experience on a ward or on the community. Universities do favour people with this kind of experience.
But you don’t have to have that exactly. You just need something. If the hospitals say no, ask if there is anyone you can have an informal chat with. This could be a midwife, a head of midwifery, or even a lecturer. Persist with this, keep asking.
Take questions with you like ‘what do you think the role of the midwife is’ and ‘what do you think are the biggest issues in midwifery today’.
Then, when it comes to applying to universities, explain in your statement or interviews that you could not get work experience but you persevered and organised the interview. It shows the uni how much you want it, as well as portraying good organisation and independence skills.
The reason I got into the uni I am at is because I didn’t take no for an answer. I didn’t go “oh, no work experience available, never mind.” I pestered the life out of the hospital until they came back to me about this new Insight course.
If you can get other health related work experience, that doesn’t hurt either. A couple of girls in my year worked in care homes or on medical wards. They’re not as relevant, but they still show that you have some knowledge of care provision.
I hope this helps! xx
Hooray for tumblr still only letting me answer 20-40% of my asks, forcing me to do screenshot posts!
This one is a bit of a toughy, really.
There are two main arguments to it:
- Induce all women over 40, because you will potentially save 17 newborns every year.
- Induce all women over 40, and increase the number of inductions by 550 to potentially save one newborn, meaning 9350 additional inductions to save the 17.
We all know that induced labour is often longer, more painful, and you’re at an increased risk of requiring an epidural and assisted delivery. You’re also continuously monitored on a CTG, so you can’t move around as much and you’re often put on a restricted diet, sometimes even nill by mouth (all NICE guidelines, 2008).
So the idea of increasing the amount of inductions per year by at least 9350 is a little daunting, especially when the majority of these women may not have needed induction and had a lovely normal birth after 39 weeks.
I need to find the original article to look at how they managed to increase inductions without increasing operative deliveries before I comment too much.
Anything that helps lower the stillbirth rate should be considered, because no one should ever have to go through that situation.
I’m not sure how swayed I am on a blanket induction on all over 40s at 39 weeks. As I said before, I’ll have to go find the original source and see how reliable it is. The BBC and other news sites often skew statistics or report on unreliable, biased studies to sensationalise their new recommendations.
I imagine it will take more research into the area before such a recommendation is adopted. Especially because even the authors acknowledge that we don’t really know how induction affects women who are slightly older.
So yeah. At the moment, I’m not convinced by it. I’ll do a little more reading, but for now I’d say it’s not going to become a blanket policy any time soon.
VBAC, when things go wrong and emotions.
This post is just continuing on from the anon question I received last night. I will warn you now, the text after the ‘read more’ may be upsetting for some as it discusses still birth. Please don’t read it if you think you may find it upsetting, I do not want to cause anyone distress.
The first part of the question itself was about pregnancy after a caesarean, however the risk is during the birth of the next baby, so I will mainly focus on that.
VBAC - Vaginal Birth After Caesarean.
The very best people to ask about VBAC are the obstetricians and midwives who are looking after you. They know your full obstetric history, including why you had a caesarean last time and how the procedure went (e.g. where there any major complications).
However, there is a huge amount of material available to the public on VBAC, so I’m going to throw some links in here for you to read. They are all UK documents, so if you’re from another country it may be worth doing some additional research:
NHS King’s College VBAC Leaflet
NHS Penine Acute VBAC Leaflet
National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence Guidelines on C/Section (pages 27/28 about VBAC)
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists study/guidelines about VBAC (full of info!)
The key points in these documents is the same: in most circumstances, you will be encouraged to try for a normal delivery. There are some higher risks, the most notable being of uterine rupture, however they are still very rare. The chances of your baby being still born because of a previous c/section are very low.
I hope this information was of some use to you!
I’m going to continue with when things go wrong. Again, please don’t read if you think it might be upsetting.
Some of the anon hate that mums-to-be get on here is truly disgusting. Sending horrible comments to young girls is bad enough, but wishing death to their unborn child? What is wrong with you?!
Whoever you people are, I hope you’re proud of yourselves. So rude.