Midwifery personal statement

At the age of 5 I recall being intrigued by my mother's pregnancy. The day my little brother was born I was amazed that he came from my mothers womb. I never forgot that wonderment. 16 years later I was able to experience another pregnancy (from an adults perspective) and was able to see all the different stages, even the birth. This so far has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This made me aware that the role of a midwife involves more than just delivering babies.
Within the 3 years of studying health and social care, in 6th form, I was required to complete 2 work experience placements in a social care setting. I chose a nursery and an elderly persons home. This involved caring for people who were generations apart but the fundamentals were the same. My communication and team functioning skills were strengthened as they were constantly being used for me to work effectively. These skills will be essential to work effectively as midwife, as I will have to work in a team with other health care professional and independently to provide the best care for patients. Whilst studying I took up part time employment in retail. Having to attend work, 6th form and complete a number of assignments proved to be tricky but dramatically helped improve my organisational skill.
In 2003 I left my family, home and friends to travel to the USA to take part in the Camp America scheme. I had never travelled abroad on my own before but I willingly took on the challenge. I lived at a girls only summer camp for 3 months. My time there involved, working in a team with women from all over the world as well as having to supervise girls aged 11-16 and organise their daily activities. Whilst there my patience, tolerance and communication skills were enhanced as I had to make myself understood through language barriers to girls younger than myself. Being with the girls constantly, friendships were forged but I always had to retain some distance to maintain the position of team leader so knowing how and when to up hold boundaries was learnt and practised. This too can be used in midwifery, as relationships will be forged but professionalism must always be maintained. I understand that the teenage pregnancy rate is high in areas such as Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark and with the experience of working in Camp America and being young myself, I believe I would be extremely well placed as a teenage parent midwife, once I am accepted on and pass this course.
Previously I studied Foundation Degree in Theatre Design and Practice. Requirements of course meant I had to travel to unfamiliar areas and become a member of established teams. This I did successfully. I also studied a level 1 peer mentoring. This will help me when I become a qualified midwife, as I will be expected to become a mentor to those studying in any hospital I will be employed at. Whilst taking the above courses I grew in knowledge, learnt more about myself, improved on existing skills and gained new ones.
Research I've done and actually witnessing the role of a midwife, I know I am capable and eager to meeting this challenge. As well as the knowledge that will be gained from attending this course, the qualities and characteristics I've strengthened and developed so far, will go along way toward what is needed to be a successful. Midwifery is challenging and demanding, as patients look to you to provide them with support, guidance and education, as well as assistance during labour and birth. You have to be dependable and responsible as you are being entrusted with the welfare of patients and their unborn child. My career choice is midwifery. As well, as the qualities listed above I am also trustworthy, dedicated and approachable and would make a good midwife.

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This personal statement was written by Lania for application in 2008.

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im not sure if this how a personal statement should be, some feed back would be great.

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Comment by guest at 09/07/2008 14:01:58

This personal statement is quite short and was expecting it to be longer. was this personal statement successful and was the lady accepted into a university course sudying midwifery?

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Comment by guest at 28/09/2008 21:33:55

i would also like to know if this person was accepted onto the course, i am hoping to study midwifery next year, and in the process of writing my statement. i also know ther are only 15 places available on the course.

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Comment by guest at 30/09/2008 11:31:21

"Since I was 1 years old I have been intrigued in the way that babies were released"

I think that if you were to write this in your personal statment, then you would be taking a large risk of not being accepted.

The grammar and sentence structure is off key. If you insisted on writing along these lines you should at least correct yourself English wise:
"Since I WERE 1 YEAR old I have been intrigued in the way that babies were released" also the word released wouldnt be very techincal for someone applying for a Midwifery course now would it.

On course like this the more technical jargon you use the better!!!- Shows understanding!

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Comment by guest at 06/10/2008 18:35:41

This isn't a bad statement but if you really want to study midwifery, its got to be better unfortunately!

I applied for midwifery last year, i got 10 UCAS points over what they were asking for and my personal statement was supposedly very impressive according to a midwife I interviewed at a local hospital. HOWEVER, midwifery is sooo competitive and my advice to you all wanting to be midwives is step your game up and write something thats going to really make you stand out and be aware of the interviews! they really do grill you so be prepared for it and just be sure that this is really what you want because i was on a shortlist of 700 people and still wasnt successful, it's pretty tough but good luck everyone!

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Please note by guest at 01/04/2009 16:10:24

We are a group of university lecturers recruiting student midwives and are aware that this statement is being used on application forms.

Please ensure your personal statement is written in your own words. Anyone submitting a plagiarised statement will NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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Comment by guest at 02/12/2009 16:57:20

This statement's rather waffly,, and seems a bit far fetched and too much use of big words that aren't understood 2 this individual.

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Comment by guest at 27/01/2010 12:06:18

dont be stupid you cant tell someone to write they have been interested in babies and midwifery since they where 1 years old You cannot function or remember things from at the age of one so stupid

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Laweez by guest at 28/04/2010 12:18:42

Rite Luds- I reli liked it and soooooooooooooooooo wanna b a midwif an all. AS IF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment by guest at 15/10/2010 12:35:46

I DONT QUITE UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYONE IS HAVING A DIG AS THIS GIRL, SHE ONLY WANTED SOME ADVICE ON HER PERSONAL STATEMENT. I MYSELF IM INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MIDWIFE AND TOTALLY UNDERSTAND HOW HARD IT IS TO TRY AND WRITE A PERSONAL STATEMENT. I HOPE HALF OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMENTED ON THIS ARE NOT MIDWIFES AS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WE NEED MORE MIDWIFES THAT ARE APPROACHABLE AND NOT THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS! i do think it was a good atemped but do agree maybe try organising it a bit more.

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Comment by guest at 28/07/2011 16:26:41

Im quite shocked by some of the comments ive read here.It is my greatest wish to become a midwife, and in a couple of years time when im able to apply for a university place i can only hope that i will be the sort of person who is able to leave an honest but helpfull comment.That if i should need advice there will be the support and understanding of those who know how hard starting out in this proffession is.Sometimes people are just looking for a simple compliment,a bit of confidence to say your doing okay!critisum is so easy to dish out,yet so hard to take.
I wish each and everyone the best of luck.

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Comment by guest at 12/09/2013 08:34:30

i am currently in year 13 writing my own personal statement, from all the feedback i have been given on mine i would personally say that this would be acceptable, but it could be a little more detailed, e.g. add skills, hobbies etc. not all just about experience, the university wants to know what skills you have in order to be successful at university, hope ive helped.

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