midwifery degree

I have sorely neglected this blog! Life has been such a rollercoaster! We bought an apartment, remodelled and moved in, and I started on my midwifery degree! I’m halfway through the 3 year program and have finally delivered my first babies! It is such a joy! I really feel this is the path for me and I can’t wait to learn all there is still to learn. 

Combining part-time work and (almost) full time studying is mayhem, though! There are days during clinical when I feel like life is being led for me and I just need to ride out the current. But the sense of accomplishment every day gives me helps me pull through!

This is my art piece for ‘Midwifery Art Competiiton’ promoting natural birth.

The Power of Love. The most extraordinary yet fundamental force in the universe. Love for yourself. Love for your pregnant body. Love for your unborn baby. Love from your midwife. Love that you’re giving. Love that you’re receiving. 

A loving birth is an empowering experience for a woman. It’s a blissful state of mind, soul and heart. It’s a completely unique opportunity to transform yourself and experience unconditional love. It’s magic. 

A powerful birth lets us incarnate our spirituality and gain faith in a divine power of the life forces of nature belonging to our Earth Mother. This experience can be compared to the blossoming of a flower whose petals open to love.

The Power- love- it’s within you. It’s You. 

Ingredients: Canvas (90x90cm); Wood&Metal high gloss paints: white, black, blue, red, yellow; Super multipurpose spray paint in white; adhesive; tree branches; artificial flowers and Love. 

interview BIG times

Have you been invited for an interview? Congratulations! Have you been jumping and screaming like mad? I guess so. How are you feeling now? You don’t have to answer, I know you’re totally scared. A little bit stress is good motivation, however to much will be only harmful for you. Therefore, stop panicking NOW and start preparing. I can promise you that good preparation will save you a lot anxiety and will add confidence and self believe.

My magic list:

  • Start reading books related to midwifery. Now!

Book examples:

  1. One Born Every Minute: Real Stories from the Delivery Room Maria Dore, Ros Bradbury
  2. Get into Nursing & Midwifery: A Guide to Application and Career Success Sarah Snow
  3. Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s Jennifer Worth
  4. Monique and the Mango Rains: An Extraordinary Story of Friendship in a Midwife’s House in Mali Kris Holloway
  5. Tales of a Midwife Maria Anderson
  6. Journal of a Student Midwife Ellie Ryan
  7. Spiritual Midwifery Ina May Gaskin
  8. Becoming a Midwife Rosemary Mander, Valerie Fleming
  • Start watching midwifery documentary.
  1. One born every minute on channel 4
  2. Call the midwife on BBC One
  3. Midwives on BBC Two
  • Follow RCM website to be up to date.
  • Try to arrange for some volunteer work. If it’s maternity ward- great. But any care work will be very valuable. If you’re working as a care assistant even in a care home setting you can easily use this experience. Please remember that non-care experience can be very useful and you can transfer many skills to midwifery practice ( teamwork, communication skills, people skills). 
  • Make a list of all your skills and experience. Try to connect the dots and relate to the midwifery as much as you can. 
  • Practice your numeracy and literacy skills. Most of the university have numeracy and literacy tests. There are not very difficult so don’t worry. However, if you not very good in math, you should start revising !
  • Start answering interview questions. You shouldn’t sound like voice mail machine but you want to know what are you talking about and even more important you don’t want to be surprised with the questions and don’t know the answer!  I will be posting some example questions and tips.
  • Manage your time effectively. PLAN. PLAN.PLAN! I was going through around 200 questions- you don’t want to leave everything for last month believe me!
  • Organise all materials for interview in a big folder. Having stuff in one place is very useful as you can care around and read in the bus and even before your interview. 

Remember, if you’ve been invited it means that they want to give you this place. They believe you are good candidate- just need to prove it :)

Good luck x

This photograph, taken by midwife turned photographer Jane McCrae, is an editor’s choice for the 2011 National Geographic photo contest  McCrae writes, about this picture, “Only a mother can understand the joy of locking eyes with her newborn babe the moment they take their first breath. After the powerful journey of labor, Natalia embraces her babe for the very first time. Sheer exhilaration, joy and love describes the moment of bringing forth her child. The gentle hand of her midwife, trusting in the innate wisdom of birth.”

The picture captures a home birth in Tumbi Umbi, New South Wales, Australia. Last month I assembled a photo essay called, The Many Faces Of Labor that got lots of positive attention and feedback– I  really shouldn’t have been amazed by how moved people were by the images, these moments of struggle and awe and relief and love are what life is all about!

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Serving Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph, mattitude specializes in contemporary maternity photography that celebrates your beauty, strength and grace. We are a two-person two-camera team that believes you deserve nothing less than art. We shoot in a very organic, creative and fun way, giving you tons of great options from two unique, complementary visual perspectives.



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Beautiful water birth :)

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