“Childbirth and using knowledge of drugs and pain

“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that
transforms her till eternity. As she goes through this life changing journey  in her own way she acknowledges all the generations
of women who were by her side, she is never alone”-suzzane arms. A midwife
plays an important role from conception until postnatal period and beyond. When
a woman gives birth, not only is a baby being born but so is a mother. How she
is treated will therefore affect the way she feels about herself as a mother and
as a parent.

Midwifery is more than a career to me, but rather a
privilege to help, support, enable and empower women at the most life changing
time of their lives. I am aware that the role of a midwife can be quite
challenging as it involves engaging in lots of activities such as: supervising
and assisting mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus and
using knowledge of drugs and pain management, providing counselling and advice
before and after screening tests, offering support and advice following events such
as miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and death. A midwife thus have
a huge positive effect on not just the patients but their families making them
feel more comfortable. Having worked with different individuals from different
background in my community, my friendly and empathetic nature would make me
well suited to care for others as a midwife.

My choice of A-Level subjects indicates how dedicated I am
towards pursuing a career as a midwife as well as pushing me beyond my known
boundaries, teaching me to think logically and sequentially when approaching
problems. Studying Biology and Chemistry have helped me understand the
functions of the body in more depth and how different drugs affect the body.
Religious Studies has help me to
think critically, listen empathetically, and speak thoughtfully which is
important in midwifery. In order to further my knowledge in midwifery, I
have started a foundation degree in Health and life science. At the end of the
course, I would have improved on my academic and laboratory skills which is
required when I eventually start a degree course in Midwifery.

I volunteered for a two weeks’ work experience at Kings
College Hospital. During this time, I was able to work alongside specialised
gynaecologists observing how they carry out their various primary roles, which
include examining and caring for patients, treating diseases and medical
problems related to female reproduction. I was able to communicate and build a
good relationship with the patients and staff. Also, I volunteered at my Local
Pharmacy which gave me a rewarding experience. Although the placement
environment was challenging at it was constantly busy, I managed to rise up to
the occasion and learnt a lot. I was able to observe how different drug
prescriptions were assessed and dispensed, which included counting and checking
the dosage of medication .  My current
volunteering experience is at a care home, and this has helped me to be
courageous, compassionate and be able to deliver effective care to others,
which is an essential skill as a midwife.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

I am able to balance academics with extra-curricular
activities. I was a member of the sixth form prefect team and also a form
charity representative, I attended regular meetings and assisted with school
events such as open and parents evening. I was also a peer mentor and I volunteered
to assist younger students who are struggling academically either with reading
or writing. I took part in the National Citizen Services (NCS) during summer
2014, which was a three-week programme that helped me to develop my leadership
and teamwork skills. It was a fantastic experience, as I have been able to
build on my independence and confidence which is a key to succeeding as a

I believe my communication, teamwork, organisation and
problem solving skills will help further develop my learning. I look forward to
undertaking a degree in midwifery, and thrive as a leading midwife in the
medical field.