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    Default Anyone had a student midwife follow their pregnancy and birth?

    Hi ladies,

    I just had a phone call from the Fetal Medicine Unit who are managing my pregnancy, cue massive freak-out. It was the midwife calling to ask whether I would be interested in having a 3rd year student follow my pregnancy from my next appointment at 14 weeks through attending the birth and beyond. As my last pregnancy ended in a full-term stillbirth, they think the extra support will be beneficial. I agreed, but now I'm feeling a little apprehensive and would love to hear any feedback from other mums who have had experience with a student midwife.

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    I had one for my first pregnancy and to be honest I hated it. She was really pushy and very narrow minded in how she thought birth should occur. As it was my first pregnancy I was very naive and in the end found her pushiness overwhelming.

    I think it would be great if you really clicked with the person. Mine was very young and I feel in hindsight as she'd never been through pregnancy herself lacked empathy. With the right person it would be great though.

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    I had a student midwife who was really lovely and supportive. Could you ask if you could meet them first before you give a final decision? Extra support would likely be wonderful for you, but it would only work if you're comfortable with the student.

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    I had one and she was great. Definitely meet them first, and if you click great, if not you can always ask for someone different.

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    I had one for my second pregnancy. She was a mature age student with four kids and was wonderful.

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    I had one for both pregnancies and was very happy with both experiences. Both were lovely young women who were very dedicated students and offered lots of support throughout the pregnancy. I agree with a pp though - best to meet and check that you feel comfortable with them first.

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    Default Anyone had a student midwife follow their pregnancy and birth?

    I had one, she was excellent during my labour, she acted as an additional support person and I would 100% have another one. I found her on Bub Hub and she came to appointments and was available for phone calls/text messages for advice if I needed it.
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    Hi tainted, I was happy and sad to see your post. I think of you often and I'm sending you all the best for this pregnancy.

    In reply to your topic I'm in SA too & I had a 3rd year follow me through my last pregnancy in 2014. It was really great and I highly recommend it. My student was amazing and the extra support was wonderful. She came to nearly every appointment and contacted me between times to see how I was going. She also visited me for several weeks after the birth. I had group practice midwife care at w&ch so they do quite a few at home visits after the birth.

    There's a few things you may not like such as letting the student do the fundal height, blood pressure, baby position. I don't know if they all do it but mine had a try at most appts but the midwife always did them as well to double check. Mine also came & helped with the birth (that was ok with me). These things might not feel right for you.

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    Thanks for sharing your experiences! Its great to see most of you found it to be a positive experience. I'll be meeting her (I hope its' a her!) on Monday so fingers crossed all goes well.

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    I had a student midwife for my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies, they were both absolutely wonderful.
    Now I am a student midwife and accompanying women on their journey and am loving it 😊 We really appreciate being involved in your pregnancies and labour and postpartum, and it really helps with our learning ☺️So thank you for considering her!!

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