Starting my own website and business was never something I envisaged to happen while I’m on the three-year course of midwifery training. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster; coming straight from sixth-form, to writing my first assignment, to those first few shifts on the birthing unit at the hospital and now to think that I’m starting out in the business world – it’s overwhelming but absolutely incredible.
Midwifery has appealed to me ever since I became aware of the profession. I can’t think of any career more rewarding, where you get to advocate for women, listen to their needs and wishes, and facilitate the formation of a new family (or a new addition to a family!). Women are often taught that their bodies are extraordinary; they can grow a baby, birth it beautifully and mother it for years. Being a part of someone’s journey from pregnancy to motherhood as a student midwife makes all of the studying worthwhile. Midwifery is not something that programmes such as ‘One Born Every Minute’ and ‘Call the Midwife’ can demonstrate in the hour that they have to broadcast something entertaining. It is an art comprised of so many aspects; full of compassion, care and empathy.
Throughout my student years at school, I used visual revision to help me achieve my GCSE’s and A-Levels, so it was no shock to the system when I began revising for my first midwifery exam. I soon found a design theme that worked for me and I used different colours to associate with different topics. Taking notes has always been my preferred method of revision, however everybody learns in various and individualised ways… While tackling a visual route works for me, it may not work for another student.
I set up a midwifery-specific Instagram account in the hope of sharing my midwifery journey with others going through the same training. My posts began with photos of stationery, anatomical models and milestone cards, but these soon developed into photos of my revision notes and diagrams. I wanted to have the ability to revise on-the-go by storing posters on social media – there is a vast amount of content taught on the course, and it didn’t take me long to realise that my revision could actually benefit other students as well as myself. I had so many positive comments on social media, and people were even asking to buy my revision! I was playing around with ideas and before I knew it, I was designing my own website.
Amongst shifts on the ward, shifts in the community and studying at university, I created a website design which captured my intentions to sell posters to other students. I now owned a personalised URL, had a logo and a business was unfolding right before my eyes! The response I received after I launched the site was remarkable and now I am really focused on trying to have a platform to help other students. It is also a great way for me to contact other students or professionals for advice while I am studying.
I’ve still got a long time left as a student before I could hopefully have the privilege of calling myself a midwife; I’ve got numerous assignments to hand in, exams to pass and practical requirements to meet. Nonetheless, I am very optimistic that with extensive revision and hard work, I might make it as a midwife one day. Many people dream of becoming a midwife, and I’m so fortunate to have started on the road there already.
The lecturers on the course are fantastic and I can’t thank my fellow midwifery students enough for all of the support and encouragement they’ve given me. There are many benefits to having a small cohort, but the best one being the friendships you get to form… I’m not sure I could have progressed this far without them and for that I am very grateful.