- I am 33 so would graduate about 36/37. Is this too old do you think? Are you worn out by this age if you have been doing it for years?
- I have a disc injury in my back which only flares up every so often. I am assuming I need to be in fairly good physical shape to be a midwife.
- What are the bad parts of the job (apart from the obvious challenges of poorly babies).
Hi, I've pulled out a few things that rang bells with me.
I also started Mid at 33 yo, I'm still in the game, sort of and I'm not worn out but certain parts of the job would be harder for me than others.
- I've developed a disc injury in my back during my course (unrelated) and have had back problems ever since, requiring time off periodically.
It has stopped me from being a MW in full (ie free movement to help women to adopt different positions for labour and birth) but I have worked in all areas since the injuries.
I have now focused on one area (breastfeeding) for numerous reasons, I enjoy it and less movement required.
The part I found the hardest was working on a busy post natal ward full time, I will never do that again.
I did it until I had further injuries.
It can be very hard work but in Vic the ratios help, so when I was working full time I'd have 6 women in the am and 8 in the pm shift but now its 4 women am and pm. Perhaps I could do it and one day I might give it a go.
Difficult parts of the job, the politics of the organisation, any bs with co-workers, rude partners, bossy and arrogant Drs, not being able to do your job properly if busy (ie too many competing needs), having care interfered with (ie if medical intervention occurs when I would consider it not needed or counter-productive).
I don't know much about the Unis (long time ago) but I have students to work with about 50% of my shifts and they come from different Unis with some doing Direct Entry, some Post Grad Dip Mid and some Double degree, and also nursing students and the occasional medical student. I know that are welcomed and cared for well in my Dept and there is always a clinical support person available if needed and they are visited by this person at least once a shift (it seems).
The above difficulties are removed if you have good Admin support, a positive attitude towards the value and profession of Mid, a harmonious working environment (including medical staff), not being too busy (ie access to good staffing levels and adherence to ratios) and good policies and low intervention policies and procedures.
I wish you well, try not to let your age be of issue, it isn't, the back injury could be an issue but may not be and would you want to not go ahead with based on "what ifs". Life is for living.