Becky is 25 years old, currently working as an Associate Lecturer in Midwifery within the University of Suffolk and decided to get involved in Student Life because she wanted to share how she was inspired to return to the University after studying there.
Following the completion of my A-Levels at school, I decided to apply to go straight to University to start a midwiferyå degree and I started the training in 2012. Midwifery is a challenging degree programme with the commitments of the course, requiring you to balance assessments, with lectures, as well as placement.
However, becoming a midwife was amazing. I enjoyed every part of the journey; learning more about the process of pregnancy and childbirth was fascinating. I loved being on placement and feeling able to put the things I was learning into practice and develop my skills and confidence over time. Entering the final year of my midwifery training, felt like a scary rollercoaster ride. It was on the one hand exciting to be at the point of qualifying and getting to do the job that I had trained to do, but the thought of being responsible for the care provided felt scary.
I qualified in 2015 and started a preceptorship at the local trust where I did my training. The learning journey continued as there is always more to learn within midwifery, with new evidence and guidelines. I practised for three years, during which time I rotated across all wards and also undertook further education such as mentoring and hypnobirthing. I felt it was a huge privilege to be a part of one of the most special moments in a couple’s life. I loved knowing that I had the potential to help them to achieve a positive birth experience.
After three years working as a midwife, an opportunity arose to become an associate lecturer at the University of Suffolk. I was inspired to move into education by the lecturing that I received myself and thought that I would like to be able to teach and support the students myself. I started eight months ago and have really enjoyed every minute of it. I love working with the students and hearing their experiences practice. I am still learning and trying to offer the best learning opportunities for them. It is exciting teaching and supporting the midwives of the future!