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  • #16
    Hi everyone! glad I found this thread, I have 3 children ages 4, 2 and 4 months and I am looking to get into Midwifery in 2012. I have always wanted to do this! I am in Victoria and Vic uni offers this direct entry course over 3 years and they have child care facilities there too which will help me out. I am just wondering for those of you already into your course, how did you find it in the first/second year. I am obviously going to have to juggle everything with the kids etc but will it be manageable. I dont want to stop my dreams from happening, but I also need to think of my kids. I am 25 and know i have alot of time but I have it in me that I always wanted to start in 2012. My hubby will help out as much as he can too but he works 5-6 days a week mostly. Any info on this would help. I think its the 'guilty' factor of leaving your kids at times but in the long run, its for not just me but for my family's future. I am determind. I have already completed my cert 3 and diploma in childrens services as well.
    Hope to hear from some of you. Thanks in advance

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    • #17
      Hi Shell,
      I am 30 and a mum of 5 and I just completed my Bachelor of Nursing, full-time, and I had my last baby while doing the course... I was lucky because he was born in between semesters!! I'm starting my Diploma of Midwifery in QLD this year!! It is do-able.. and I'm not going to say it was easy but I never gave up!! Support and lots of motivation from loved ones helped a lot!! There were times, when attending clinicals, that I felt guilty for not being there for my kids as much as I was when I stayed at home,, but I think my kids will respect me and benifit from me doing this and I think they will be proud of me when they look back!!
      I found 2nd year was the big slump in motivation for me!! I felt the pressure of it all but I just kept thinking of the bigger picture!! I did my nursing degree to get into midwifery! The university in my town only offered Nursing then the diploma then they changed it, in my last year, from the diploma to the full Bachelor of Midwifery, so I accepted a position as a student midwife in Brisbane and we're moving up there in March from Newcastle!!
      Good luck with whatever you decide, I'm sure you will be fine and don't worry too much about the kids!!!
      Nic.

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      • #18
        I just wanted to add Newcastle Uni in NSW also offer BMid

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        • #19
          Can someone tell me what the placement is like for BMid course. How many week blocks are they & for how long is each block etc.
          I am looking into applying for 2012 & DH wants to help out with the kids when i am supposed to do placement but he only has 4 weeks per year & cant take 4 weeks at one time off & we both dont really want to put the our youngest in child care if we dont have to. So any help would be great.

          TIA

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          • #20
            Originally posted by tired*mummy View Post
            Can someone tell me what the placement is like for BMid course. How many week blocks are they & for how long is each block etc.
            I am looking into applying for 2012 & DH wants to help out with the kids when i am supposed to do placement but he only has 4 weeks per year & cant take 4 weeks at one time off & we both dont really want to put the our youngest in child care if we dont have to. So any help would be great.

            TIA
            Would depend which uni you were looking at doing it at. What state/what uni do you think you would be going to?
            For me- at Monash in Vic- we do a 2 block prac in first year near the end of the year, then in 2nd and 3rd years we do 2 days every week of semester and a 2 week mental health block at the end of the year again in 2nd year.
            Other uni's have different schedules though.
            Last edited by RHJ; 23-01-2011, 15:42. Reason: spelling

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            • #21
              I would be applying in Vic for 2012.

              I'm just trying to work out whether it would be better for me to start once my youngest is at school & going by what you said i would probably have to wait until then. If i waited til DS is at school then i might apply in QLD... DH wants to move but cant at the moment because of work commitments

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              • #22
                It is certainly a full time workload. I get one day usually a week off, but the rest of the time i am at uni at lectures etc or studying in between them. In reality i was mostly at uni from 8 or 10 each morning till 3ish each day. i had a couple of half days- but it really is something you have to look at doing full time. I think ACU do offer part time though, but one of them would have to explain how that works with prac etc.
                It's very worth it though!

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                • #23
                  Hi everyone, im a SAHM , 37yrs old , i had my first child at 17 , my youngest being 6 and at school and finally settled .
                  I left school at yr 9 so i dont have schooling and experience in much of nething except being a mum.
                  I have always been interested in midwifery and would love this to be my career , but with no previous nething how hard will it be to get into ?
                  Im in SA and on goverment payment, so of course money is tight also, so how much will the course cost ? is there any goverment funding ? etc.
                  Would like to hear from other sahm who are or have been in this position, advice needed please .

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                  • #24
                    Hi all,
                    I am from Mildura, VIC and have 3 kiddies under 4 years of age. I have been accepted into CDU 2012 external bachelor of nursing course and am being considered for the external bachelor of Midwifery course.
                    Anyone else joining me or applying to CDU for external studies?

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                    • #25
                      CDU student

                      Originally posted by mrsmedic85 View Post
                      Hi all,
                      I am from Mildura, VIC and have 3 kiddies under 4 years of age. I have been accepted into CDU 2012 external bachelor of nursing course and am being considered for the external bachelor of Midwifery course.
                      Anyone else joining me or applying to CDU for external studies?
                      I am currently enrolled at CDU but studying Behavioral Science. I looked into the course for BA Midwifery and contacted the admin because I wanted to change to this field in 2012. I ended up only applying for VIC universities only.

                      I really would love to stay at home and study Midwifery but I really can't afford the 5 week blocks up in NT that are compulsory and that would mean flights, accommodation and my husband taking leave to watch our kids. Way to inconvenient and expensive.


                      As a student of CDU I can say that the University is pretty bad when it comes to info, course work being laid out easily. Most of the time you find out criteria for assignments only by asking or reading int he forums and these are pretty relevant things like word count, formatting, referencing etc. Basically last semester it got so bad there were at least 4 students in one of my units who submitted formal complaints and personally I just wanted to change to on campus study where the tutors are there to answer your questions.

                      I hope it works out for you, most of the nursing students seem to enjoy their coursework, so it could have just been the psychology units that were poor. I am not trying to turn you off, just give you the heads p I wish someone had given me before I enrolled there.

                      Good luck

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                      • #26
                        interested

                        So im thinking of applying to start uni of Canberra bachelor of Midwifery in 2013, i know its ages away but i want to start looking into topics and options now.
                        I am applying to do the uni prep course hopefully to get into the June-September one, this is meant to give me a 95% chance of getting into the course with the right CV and cover letter.

                        Can anyone tell me some things i should add into the cover letter or any other infomation that would better my chances of studying mid in 2013 ?/

                        thanks in advanced
                        Bec x

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Bec Traynor View Post
                          So im thinking of applying to start uni of Canberra bachelor of Midwifery in 2013, i know its ages away but i want to start looking into topics and options now.
                          I am applying to do the uni prep course hopefully to get into the June-September one, this is meant to give me a 95% chance of getting into the course with the right CV and cover letter.

                          Can anyone tell me some things i should add into the cover letter or any other infomation that would better my chances of studying mid in 2013 ?/

                          thanks in advanced
                          Bec x
                          Hi Bec!

                          Im doing the same! I want to study in Sydney 2013. Really exctied, and I know its a year away but I want to familiarise myself with everything midwifery to get a head start. I did my HSC in '05 and since then been travelling around the world and working in child care so I dont have real good entry requirements compared to most people! So I too need to write a GREAT cover letter. If I have ideas in the future I will let you know!

                          Also what is this uni prep course? Where do you do it?

                          Kay

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                          • #28
                            Kaylee88

                            The uni prep course is a course designed for people who have been out of school for a while, it re teaches essay skills and lectures and how to plan and time things right for your work load. This course is done at the university of canberra 3 times a year (im not sure if other universitys would offer such a course) the course itself is free and mostly done of a night (6-8pm).

                            As for the cover letter im completly lost as to what i want/need to write. I understand its all about me and why i would make a good Midwife but how are you suppose to actually write that on paper :/

                            I was also told today i am going to need to sit the STAT test this yr before enrollments as i have been out of school to long and i am a mature age student now (30 in October).

                            If anyone has any cover letter advise or structures on the CV and stat testing etc any advise would help

                            Thanks
                            Bec x

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                            • #29
                              Studying Nursing/Midwifery Victoria

                              Hey all, i have two kids aged 3 yrs and 9months old.I am soo keen to study midwifery but as i dont want to be restricted to midwifery and not able to work in a NICU i would like to do the nursing/midwifery course. I am looking for advice as to whether or not i should do the State Enrolled Nursing course and carry on to do the nursing/midwifery course after it ? orr just go straight into the Nursing Midwifery course? I did my high schooling in Scotland (UK) and have done no other studying due to personal circumstances but i am kicking myself for not doing it before having my kids, although i probably wouldnt have had the drive to do it like i do now. I worry about leaving the kids (the eldest will be starting Kinder nxt Jan) i work evenings at the minute and my local GP reckons due to my circumstances (suffering from slight post natal depression) that the State Enrolled nursing would be the better of the two courses for me personally.. What im really looking for is a rough idea how full on the course is and also some encouragement from mums who are in the same boat to push me on to do it as the guilt of leaving my babies is the hardest thing to deal with... At school i was quite clever but i just haven't used my brain in ages.. I have borrowed books from the library about the human body and info about nursing but if anyone could advise the best materials to read to improve my chances of getting into the course id be soo grateful... i find having someones personal experiences on matters is more helpful than reading books DETERMINED but need some help in pushing me through it as it just seems so daunting to me as i am not from Australia originally. PS Also is funding available if you are a permanent resident ??


                              Thanks to anyone who can help in advance Jac

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                              • #30
                                Hi there. I am really tired so just writing this quickly. I completed my education (Incomplete actually) in Scotland 17 years ago. I have been here 10. I have four children. I waited until my youngest started school. Personal choice. I decided to get my citizenship though, as I don't think I would have been entitled to deferring fees. (Hecs) I jumped straight in to a double degree. My interest is ultimately Neonatal care. I sat the stat test, put in a personal information statement, and I got an early offer. I never even considered doing EN course. It takes longer to get where I want and involves more aged care which I dislike. This again is a personal decision, everyone has different reasons for and against.

                                My friend is doing the double degree with 4 children under 7. Not something I could have done. However she is organised and confident and is doing well. You are your own best judge on how you would manage.

                                Hope that helps a little.

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