We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Amanda Green, studying midwifery in Leeds, is the winner of our midwifery competition. Amanda will win a four week placement in Ghana during 2010.
Thanks to everyone that entered - we had some great pieces sent in. Amanda just pipped you to the post though. Here is her winning entry:
"Midwifery has always been a dream of mine, and it is only now, at the age of 29; eight years after first applying, that I have reached the right time in my life to ‘live the dream!’ Since my initial application I have given birth, lost my mother and decided that life is for living. What was the point in my supervisory job at the airport? I wanted a career! After going back to college to study an access course, I gained the recent study required to apply to university! I was a student again!
I am now a semester into my three year Bachelor of Science Degree at The University of Leeds. After being on community placement for eight weeks, I have learnt a lot and met a lot of new faces; fellow student midwives, midwife mentors and mums to be. My Le Leche League Breastfeeding Peer Support training is paying off with post natal visits too! Midwifery is everything I ever expected it to be, and such a lot more besides.
I know that midwifery care differs throughout the United Kingdom from region to region. This is something I have managed to have firsthand experience in. I had my own ante-natal care in Bedfordshire, Post-natal within the Yorkshire region and I am also experiencing my placement within the West Riding. I feel that to encounter midwifery first hand within Africa would be much the same, with care differing within a smaller area and also on a much poorer scale. Due to financial constraints I also realise that the less ‘happy’ parts of childbirth will be a lot more prevalent in areas. Practicing in Africa as opposed to the United Kingdom, I feel, would be much more challenging due to the social and financial constraints, and the impact they have on life over there. Having the chance to use this changeable approach to midwifery in Africa, would mean so much to me. I am a very people driven individual and gain so much satisfaction from seeing others smile. From an individual basis I feel I could develop my new medical skills; such as palpations and blood pressures, and putting them into practice, Thus, not only improving my own knowledge of healthcare, but also enabling new mums to have the confidence in me both intra and post partum.
I have multiple transferable skills, including my breastfeeding support and my people skills. Eight years working in customer service has given me the knowledge to deal with most situations and scenarios. I feel this, sandwiched with my midwifery skills would set me up for a worthwhile and fulfilling career in healthcare, and the ‘buzz’ I would get knowing I had made that difference would make volunteering through my university time off worthwhile. To enable the women of the world, less fortunate to experience healthcare in general a chance at having someone to turn to makes me feel warm inside. I hope I get the chance to live another dream!"