Ten Smestow students from years 10 and 12 attended a Delivering Midwifery training day at the University of Wolverhampton. The day consisted of student Midwives talking to the students about their training and what to expect from being a Midwife in the real world, unlike the programme One born every minute. The work of midwife is more than just helping a mother to give birth. Smestow students were able to find out about the many roles of a midwife, from pre-conception to up to 6 weeks after the baby is born, from a healthy pregnancy to one with complications.
If this did not put off the students, they then had an opportunity to work in the skills labs, where they tested blood pressures, took some practical exams of a midwife, then on to helping a baby breathe. At the end of the day the students felt this was the right professional role for them. The year 12 students were offered help and advice about their upcoming UCAS applications, and the year 10 students were supported with their A levels choices.
Overall a very productive and interesting day. Mrs Hartley was very impressed with the level of interest and the level of questioning by the students in order to get as much out of the day as possible.