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Thread: For those who've had a student midwife attend

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    I guess it's important to remember that they may be student midwives but they were registered nurses first and have been working in hospitals probably for years. The fact that they have chosen midwifery must mean they have a passion for it which can only be a positive for you!

    It's great to have extra support from someone who wants to be there for you. An the fact that you would have developed a relationship with them is an added bonus.

    Lynnette x


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    Hey Lynette, just wanted to write and say that student midwives aren't always RNs first. I'm not, and am in fact a direct-entry midwifery student, undertaking a Bachelor of Midwifery at a university after having done two other degrees and having 7 years in the "real world" of corporateness.

    Direct entry courses at university are the only way of training midwives these days and has been for the past 7 years. Previously yes, only RNs were able to do a further course (originally 12 months and now 18 months over 3 years) and become midwives as well but were first and foremost trained nurses, with a model of care focused on treating sick people rather than the midwifery model of care which starts with the premise that pregnant women aren't sick. RNs still do become midwives but you don't have to be an RN first.

    I think anyone who is going through the course is answering a call to the profession though, as it's not a light undertaking and you have to love it to persevere . We still get taught a lot of nursing skills, and a lot of very specialist knowledge about pregnancy that isn't shared with any other profession. Some of the students in my course are straight out of high school, and some are making a me-change in their 30s, or are RNs looking for a new direction, or are returning to the workforce after having children... there's no standard way of describing us!

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    As Kelly mentioned the "follow through journey' I thought Id shed some light on my experience so far.. I enquired about student midwives and Kelly sent my details to a few. A few responded and they all sounded lovely, but I liked the info on the Follow Through program so I met with the student midwife who emailed me. Our first meeting was fabulous and we got along well, I felt really comfortable with her, and knowing she has had three of her own children made me even more comfy. She has since come with me to scans etc and we are catching up tomorrow for coffee, to sign the official paperwork with her senior (who is a midwife at Royal Melb). She is always there if I need some questions answered, no matter how big or small they might be. DH has met her and he really likes her too! So while I havent been through the birth experience yet, its been wonderful to have someone other than my OB to bounce things off. Although she is not allowed to provide medical care during the birth, I am confident that she will be a super support person and really be of use to both myself and dh.

    Maybe ask to meet with the student before you decide??

    BOL,
    Lisa

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    as you can see lots of positive stories - in constrast, my student midwife last time wasn't very good (socially incompetent, a bit rude to me and also stuffed up the gas machine!) and it caused me a few minor hassles and stresses. However, having said that I have said yes to another student midwife this time as i feel there is kind of a moral obligation in the public system to help health professionals learn, just my thoughts anyway. if you go private and are paying for your service, thats another story. i see you are in adelaide - are you going through flinders or womens and childrens?

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    I had a student midwife at DS's birth. And although she was very lovely and i didn't mind her being there at the time, every time she came near me my labour would stop! So she stayed out the room until i was ready to push Charlie out. She was only observing though.

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    My SIL had a student midwife when her #1 was born (i was there as her birth partner) and she was better than the qualified midwives in a lot of ways - the other midwives were under so much pressure in terms of the women they had to care for, but the student was able to stay through the whole labour and birth, and SIL's DD was her first "catch". SHe seemed not only to know what she was doing, but because she was still new to it was still full of the reverence and care that one puts into early ventures in one's career.

    I offered to have a student midwife but it turned out that none of the students available was ready to do a homebirth when i went into labour.

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    Thanks for all the positive stories - has made me feel a lot more confident about pursuing the idea!

    (By the way ttcno2, I am at WCH in Adelaide)

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    Hey *star* - if you're after one for this pregnancy, I am interested. You can email me at studentmife at internode dot on dot net for more discussion .

    Em

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    I thought I would just say that I had a student Dr. for the delivery of my DD and she was absolutley WONDERFUL, like others have said she was able to spendlots of time withme because she wasnt under the same sort of pressures. She had to go to uni for a lecture about halfway through my labour, but came straight back because she wanted to be there for the birth. I actualley had 7 ppl in the room when I delievered including DH, but it didnt really bother me by that time. After I had delivered DD, DH wentoff to make phone calls, the midwife went off to fill out the paperwork and I was DESPERATE for a shower so the student Dr. Stayed and Nursed Tori while I got myself cleaned up and organised, which was really nice.

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    Hi all,

    I too am on my first pregnancy, and I would be more than happy to have a student present at the birth. It does help me to know that midwives have usually gone through about 3 years of normal nursing before they get to midwifery.
    I have also been told that students actually take a lot of care when doing things because they don't want to muck up, so Iguess i'm saying they don't just assume they know what they are doing. No offence to any nurses etc out there, but students are really cautious.
    Plus as some of the ladies said they are so excited, and because they are learning they have the time to spend with you where the other midwives might have a few other women to monitor.

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