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Sophie Ash

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Midwifery student Sophie

I’ve delivered 14 babies to date…and they’ve all been boys. I can’t wait to deliver my first girl.

I love building up relationships with the clients. This is what appeals to me about midwifery, the relationship building and continuity of care. I knew I wanted a career in healthcare, but nursing didn’t really appeal to me. As a Healthcare Assistant, I’d provided personal care on a variety of medical wards.

I wanted to be the midwife I’d had. My own experience of giving birth was difficult – and my midwife was amazing. She advocated for me when I couldn’t do it myself, and treated me with compassion and respect, and I knew then that midwifery was definitely the right path for me.

Midwifery is all about building relationships and trust. During the course you get a lot of opportunities to practice those skills with women, birthing people and their families.

We each have three real cases that we follow. From early pregnancy through to delivery and postnatal care, we go to all appointments and are involved in all aspects of care. It’s very practical and hands-on, and gives you a real taste of what it’s like to handle your own caseload.

One thing that’s surprised me is the responsibility of the job. I knew it was an autonomous role, but you need to have a lot of management skills and a good understanding of multi-disciplinary working.

On placements you can shadow another role to increase your knowledge and experience. I’ve spent time with professionals in a breastfeeding support group, and with a paediatric doctor to see how their roles fit with the midwifery role.

Covid-19 changed everything, but it’s expanded our learning. We couldn’t go to lectures or practicals on campus but we were employed by local Trusts to give additional support to midwives during the pandemic. That was an unexpected opportunity that most students don’t get.

I’ve delivered 14 babies to date…and they’ve all been boys. I’ve now had experience of delivering babies in the most extreme conditions. I can’t wait to deliver my first girl.