LOOKING TO BE A STUDENT MIDWIFE
Midwifery education and practice is continually evolving. For those applying to be midwives at this time, it can be a challenge to find out information. The aim of this set is to assist future students to move toward application and successful acceptance on a course. Different forms of selection processes are described as well as tips for interviews. Talks introduce current maternity developments in policy and education. Please note though, as things are constantly changing, these should be watched alongside researching the most recent policy documents! The set concludes with a short presentation from a midwifery author.
Stretching midwifery horizons
2015 | 29 mins | Looking to be a student midwife
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, current Chief Midwifery Officer provides an introduction to the current developments and plans for the maternity services. She raises the current challenges and funding gaps in finance with the analogy of the conveyor belt of care. She talks about the maternity confidential inquiries and discusses the current inequalities in perinatal outcomes. Jacqueline also explains the changes in statutory midwifery supervision and points to the developments of A-Equip, which are now underway. The maternity review and business priorities for the time are also covered.
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer for England
Aspiring student to student midwife
2018 | 22 mins | Looking to be a student midwife
Ellie Durant, Midwife, Author and leader of Midwife Diaries, introduces the resources for aspiring midwives on the website Midwife Diaries. She advises on how to write personal statements and introduces the different types of interviews that are currently offered. She suggests potential questions that may be asked as well as proposing questions you could ask. Ellie goes on to highlight resources and documents to be aware of for interview
Ellie Durant, Midwife, Author and leader of Midwife Diaries
Pick me!” Your essential guide to group interviews for student midwife selection
2017 | 11 mins | Looking to be a student midwife
Kathryn Hardie & Margaret Moran, midwifery lecturers at Edinburgh Napier university, talk about the group interview set up for selection of student midwives in Edinburgh. They explain the reasons why they are arranged in this way and give insight into the application process as well as a format for the day. Kathryn and Margaret explain what they look for in candidates and the characteristics they look for. [other universities may also use group interviews while others will have individual ones!]
Kathryn Hardie & Margaret Moran, Midwifery Lecturers, Edinburgh Napier University
Career and self development – Tips to prepare for interviews or presentations
2018 | 27 mins | Looking to be a student midwife
Diane Garland, Midwifery Consultant, provides tips for interviews or presentations. She points out that first impressions are important, including appearance and planning for the journey. She advise to keep your CV and portfolio up to date and to make use the supporting statement. Diane provides guidance about planning for the post applied for and about developing presentation.
Dianne Garland, Midwifery Consultant
Transforming midwifery education: The new Future Midwife standards
2019 | 25 mins | Looking to be a student midwife
In this important presentation, Professor Mary Renfrew, Lead Advisor to the NMC for the review of preregistration midwifery standards, relates her own story of her career, highlighting the importance of research and evidence. She explains the development of the new midwifery education standards in the changing global context, evidence and policy. She focuses on the importance of transformation of care for women and babies. Mary introduces the concept of the future midwife and the six domains of the standards, providing examples of the proficiencies expected of students, to illustrate the changes.
Professor Mary Renfrew FRSE, Professor of Mother and Infant Health, University of Dundee; Lead Advisor to the NMC
Meet the Author
2019 | 16 mins | Looking to be a student midwife
Leah Hazard, Midwife and Author of Hard Pushed, Leah explains why she wrote her book and describes the joy and the fear that she and midwives are experiencing. She points out the need for midwives to have power and a voice. Leah completes with reading a small section from the book.
Leah Hazard, Midwife and Author of Hard Pushed