Interview – Starting out as a Midwife, Life in the delivery room


Mother and Newborn Baby Boy

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Faye, 25 is our interviewee this week.  Giving birth is an epic event for any woman, but what is it like to be involved in making sure things go as smoothly as they can on the big day?  Faye, gives us an insiders perspective of life in the delivery room…

Q. How did you first get involved in your career and why?

A. Firstly I started off as a residential care assistant at 18-I did bank shifts and fitted the shifts around college days, I am a very indecisive person so I tried about 4 different courses out at college from health care to forensic science but none of these courses suited me.  One day my friend gave me an application form for a nursing degree at Birmingham City University.  So I went for it and have not regretted it at all.  After graduating as a nurse, I felt I needed to do something else and decided to complete my Midwifery Degree.  At present I am settling into my first Midwifery Job at a hospital in Birmingham and I love it!

Q. What is the most challenging thing about your work?

 A. The most challenging part of my job I believe is the unpredictable nature of everyday, having to be on the ball constantly whilst working shifts and very rarely getting a break.  Working in one of the busiest delivery units in the West Midlands doesn’t give you the time to think about this though, so it’s all good!

Q. Can you tell us about any interesting people you’ve met through your work?

 A. I believe nearly all the women I have cared for have been interesting. You care for such a diverse cultural population, all from different ethical and working backgrounds. Also social issues and child safeguarding can be an issue along with domestic abuse concerns. Each individual patient is always different.

Q. What do you do when you aren’t working?

A. Socialise!!  Go to the pub for a quiet drink, if it’s a Friday night though it is never quiet.  Sometimes I just like to relax and chill at home and if I am feeling energetic (rarely) I like to go to the gym.

Q. What is your most favourite thing about your work?

A. I can honestly say I enjoy everything about my job. My most favourite part would be the rewarding nature of caring for women from the beginning through to the end of their labour/pregnancy journey.  Pregnancy and giving birth is something that is very special and memorable to each women so it is our job to help them relax and make their experience as pleasant as possible.

Q. And the least?

A. Having to work nights as its shift work. Also having to deal with very distressing situations, remaining professional whilst empathetic at the same time. Sometimes it is difficult to switch off your emotions once you get home.

Q. If you hadn’t chosen this career what would you like to do?

A. I always wanted to be a Vet, however I found my social life whilst doing my A-levels!

Q. What tips would you give to someone looking to get into your career?

A. Try do get as much experience as possible, its hard to get experience within a hospital setting due to insurance so start off in residential or nursing homes. I personally believe nursing is the best way to start as it gives you a solid background and extra confidence when working as a midwife.  However you can go straight into midwifery if nursing is not your thing.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share about your career choice that you haven’t already mentioned?

A. No, I think I’ve mentioned as much as I can. Just one more positive thing is that you will never get bored as there is always something to be working towards to move your way up. You will never get stuck in a rut as there is plenty of opportunity  in healthcare careers.

The Fun Questions

Q. What did you have for breakfast?

A. Shreddies and fruit juice!

Q. Who would win a fight between pirates and ninjas?

A. Pirates definitely! Im a big Jack Sparrow fan J

Q. If you were a tree what tree would you be?

A. Either a birch or a willow tree

Q. What is the last book you read?

A. Water for elephants.

Q. What is your favourite song at the moment?

A. Ooohhhh difficult question, I love ‘Inertia Creeps’ by Massive Attack.

Many thanks to Faye for letting me do the interview.  If you would like to find out more about becoming a widwife check out the Birmingham City University Midwifery degree programme.

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