Midwifery - a new career option?

I may be 30 years old but I have never known "what I wanted to be when I was older" - that was until now.

Being pregnant and having a baby has been life changing but one thing I did not expect to happen throughout the process was that I would finally realise what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

When I was 17 I applied to university to study computer science, thinking I wanted a job that would allow me to earn good money. I quickly realised that money was not what motivated me and changed courses. I did a year of primary school teaching, thinking I wanted to work with children but before long I soon learned that teaching comes at the bottom of the list of priorities for being a teach - being a policewoman, social worker, pen pusher, form filler came further up the list.

So after a bit of faffing about I changed to a degree in publishing with journalism and I at last found something I enjoyed and something I got a career in. There is nothing wrong with being a journalist but I feel there is something missing - I don't ever get the satisfaction of helping people in a non-self manner.

Having just had a baby I soon began to realise that I would love to be a midwife. I found the whole process of pregnancy and birth fascinating - nothing compares to how miraculous creating and having a baby is. The process was amazing but could be very daunting and the one thing that made you feel better and less anxious was the help and advice we got from the midwives. I got such fantastic care and would love to be able to do the same to other expectant mums.

During the nine months of pregnancy I saw a large number of midwives (ten up to the birth and then just as many after) and they were all fantastic (bar one). The one who was not so nice has really struck with me - she upset me when I was already feeling at my worst and she is probably unaware that her actions were out of order. However I will remember everyone else with a smile on my face until the day I die.

Now I want to turn my life around and help others as I was helped. I want to learn, help, ease anxieties, bring new life into this world and be a part of other peoples birth stories. I know there would be heartbreaking moments but I would be keen to try and help those families in their time of need.

What worries me is that when I can get into training there will be no university places or that I won't get onto a course. I am willing to volunteer at a local unit but I am not sure how much of an option that would be (I will try and find out when Molly is older and I am able to help).

Until then I will practice my midwifery skills by planning a few more children! (although I will wait until 2015 ).


Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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