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    Default Whats involved in midwifery course

    Hi there,

    Just wanting some more recent information as i can see some of it in the threads are a couple of years old.
    Midwifery has always been of interest to me but I've been hesitant about the practical side of it.
    I have 2 kids at home (one off to school next year ), so have to consider them.
    How much time is needed at the University doing lectures etc, and how many hours each week is doing placements?

    Whats your week like with doing midwifery full time?

    Does anyone do it externally and whats involved?

    I'm just trying to see if it's practical with having my kids or maybe i should wait a few years until both of them are at school.

    Any info would be appreciated? I feel lost in the career world. ..

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    I was studying midwifery when my daughter was home but I had to quit because even part time to complete the prac elements meant my family had to take too much time off to stay with DD. You need a lot of family support if you've got kids at home, and for continuity of care births you have to be ready at moments notice (when your ladies are approaching due dates). But it was a wonderful experience and I hope to go back when she's older maybe mid primary. Hopefully you can work a plan out.

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    Wow! Thank you both for your honest replies. This is what I've been looking for. When I've been speaking to the universities (bridbane and sunny coast) they have been very vague on how much work required.
    I already work weekends, and need the income, so by the sounds of it i would be doing uni and prac the other 5 days which might not be the best as i dont have a lot of family here for support with childcare so would have to put her in care.

    Mmm food for thought.

    Thanks again ladies

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    Hi,

    I am 7 days away from finishing my first year of midwifery at Flinders Uni SA. I have 3 kids 9, 6 & 4 and I am enrolled fulltime internally.

    I'm not going to lie.....Its hard. Your whole life is put on hold, you don't see your friends, you hardly see your family. You must have incredible support both physically for the care of the kids, housework etc to emotional support. I feel as though this year has flown and I've missed out on so much life...

    However, I LOVE it. I am dedicated to making it work and I have an incredible family. I miss out on so much, but to be honest the changes in my children have been nothing but positive. There are little bumps along the way but they have become much more independent and are very proud of me. We all work together as a team and I am so proud of our whole family. I have met the most amazing group of women who I know will be life long friends.

    I am at uni 3 days with huge amounts of study. At least 6 essays each semester averaging 2000-3000 words. Weekly quizzes, reading, exam prep, lab work etc. We have block placements at our uni so a week here and there in first year... extended to 2 week blocks in second. Day and night shifts. You have to follow 20 women throughout your degree and go to a minimum of 3 antenatal appointments, the birth and a minimum of 2 postnatal appointments.

    So in reality its hard hard work and tested me in every way possible. But my god it is worth it. Good luck deciding, hope that helped x

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    I was at Griffith for my course. I spoke to them a lot beforehand and it sounded like it would be ok. They did their lectures in one week intensives each semester then online rest of semester, plus the prac work at hospital which in terms of hours wasn't heaps but it was the fact they weren't known in advance that was hard. You have to go to the antenatal appointments when your lady books them, and often its only short notice. Same for births. But if you can make it work it's wonderful.


 

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