Do I regret not doing this years ago? No, I do not. It is certainly true, that since a small child,

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Do I regret not doing this years ago? No, I do not. It is certainly true, that since a small child, growing up on my Dad’s pig farm, have I been fascinated by birth. Yes, tiny new piglets were beautiful, but other things intrigued me. The sow usually delivered her new brood with both serenity and independence. Some of my early memories are of rushing out to the farrowing house crates (yes, the poor animal in those days was in a pen designed purely for birth, not outside in the freedom of the field) to see how many piglets had arrived and hoping to catch a glimpse of the afterbirth, as we referred to it, sometimes even seeing her deliver it. Gruesome to some but to me it was amazing how this strange looking mass had kept lots of little…show more content…
During previous employment I have learnt much. I thrive on working as part of a team, amply demonstrated in both a childcare setting and as part of the group assignments on nursing roles that we have recently presented to our cohort. I am also acutely aware of the necessity to be able to work independently as a midwife. Working as a special needs assistant in an infant school, I supported children who were struggling academically, nurturing and guiding them through complex emotions and personal situations, always maintaining their confidentiality and referring situations to the person with safeguarding responsibility where necessary. I really enjoyed the responsibility that came with working on my own, as well as the trust emplaced in me by the teachers and outside agencies to implement the plans and procedures they set out. I am passionate about the issues that modern women are faced with, especially the ownership over childbirth and the choices and decisions they make. I fully support the RCM’s Campaign for Normal Birth and Pressure Points. Maternity care in the UK is over stretched and should not be ignored. There has to be an end to massaging figures to fit a target requirement and safety should never be sacrificed at the altar of dwindling staffing levels. The Francis Report has stated that NICE will set safe staffing levels and that the NHS will have to recruit to fulfil this

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