My name is Laura. I am 23 years old and I have a son who is now 3 years old. I am currently studying a double degree, Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery at Deakin University in Burwood, Melbourne, and I am about to begin my third year of studies, having completed 2 years of my 4 year course thus far.
I realise the 'follow-through' experience has been explained in previous posts, however here is my explanation. As part of my double degree, I am required to participate in what is titled a ‘follow-through’ experience with pregnant women. It involves me, as a student midwife, following women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. The purpose of the experience is to provide a level of continuity of care/carer throughout the woman’s childbearing experience via the student midwife, as well as providing the student midwife with a valuable learning experience to become an exceptional midwife in the future.
My vision of midwifery care is that childbearing is a natural experience that the woman's body is built for. Whenever possible, women should be able to have the least amount of intervention that is safe for herself and her baby, and be able to make her own choices and have these honoured whenever and wherever possible. The midwife's role is to support the woman and her family in achieving their goal....a healthy newborn!
If you are currently pregnant, living in Melbourne and would like to partake in the ‘follow-through’ experience with me or would like more information about the program, please privately message me and I can provide you with the official ‘follow-through’ experience brochure provided by Deakin University. It contains an overview of the 'follow-through' experience and the positive aspects of the program, in addition to the contact details of the head lecturer of the midwifery component of the double degree at Deakin University should you have any questions I may be unable to answer.
Thank you for taking the time to consider the ‘follow-through’ experience and I wish you all the best with your pregnancy, labour, birth and your exciting future ahead!