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A highlight of my time on the programme has to be opting to travel to Ghana for my elective placement where I gained first-hand experience of healthcare practice in a developing country as well as immersing myself in a new culture.

“Edge Hill University is unique to me because from the moment you step onto campus you feel part of a community. It is so welcoming and very student-focused.

I chose to study the BSc (Hons) in Midwifery in order to be in a profession that is mentally stimulating and challenging and felt that midwifery would be the right path for me.

One of the best things about studying this degree is meeting the mothers-to-be during my placements because without them I wouldn’t have a job! Every one of them has a unique history and it is a privilege to be part of a life-changing moment for them. They see you as a form of support and trust you, which is a massive honour.

As part of the course there is a lot of simulation in university which gives clear insights into some of the real-life scenarios we may face as midwives in practice. There is also ample opportunity to share experiences and provide peer support within group discussions, which is really valuable.

A highlight of my time on the programme has to be opting to travel to Ghana for my elective placement where I gained first-hand experience of healthcare practice in a developing country as well as immersing myself in a new culture.

I observed both midwives and student midwives in practice and was reminded of the importance of basic midwifery skills as equipment we take for granted in the UK was often scarce.

During my time there I also learnt so much about the public health challenges Ghana faces. I visited HIV clinics and also attended lectures on how exposed the population are to dangerous diseases such as cholera and malaria. The Ebola epidemic was also at its height and the risk of an outbreak occurring in the hospitals helped reinforce the importance of maintaining hygiene.

I was also lucky enough to be nominated to take part in the Florence Nightingale Foundation Students’ Day in London where I was able to meet like-minded people which helped reaffirm I want to make a difference and be part of the NHS.

With regards to the future, my time in Ghana highlighted to me the inequalities in global health which has inspired me to enrol to study an MSc in International Public Health, as well as aiming to provide a high standard of midwifery care in the UK.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BSc (Hons) Midwifery.