And so the end of my first week as a Student midwife comes to a close, although I feel a lot of student and less of the student midwife right now! It's been a hectic week, but a real buzz! Today we were told about one aspect of our first year, which is grandly called 'case loading', we are required to 'pick up' a woman (tutors words not mine!) and follow her journey to motherhood. At a booking in appointment I will have to approach a low risk newly pregnant woman and ask if I can follow her through her pregnancy, this will involve attending appointments and scans, hopefully getting a call when she is in labour, and if I am really lucky be with her for the birth. I will be able to be involved in the post natal checks of mum and baby too. This is very exciting and I am really looking forward to starting this.
We are in the throws of 'freshers week' so not much learning is going on, lots of orientation - including today's 'freshers fayre' everything I hate the most in one afternoon. OK well maybe not everything I hate, but a lot of it - young people with no spacial awareness, loud rap music, leaflets being shoved in my hand and just general chaos! But I did get a nice little goody bag from Asda (angel delight yum yum) and joined the midwifery society!
Lots of information to read over the weekend, and gather my thoughts ready for the new week - because then the 'real' learning will begin, and I can start to like a Student Midwife!