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Incoming Student Midwife FAQ!

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I've actually had a few people message me privately and ask very similar questions recently so I thought would do an FAQ post instead to help answer some of my most frequently asked questions, because it sounds like a lot of people have similar questions! Some of these may be applied generally but these are all based on my experience of attending University of Nottingham.
Can I be a mature student? I was 22 and a half when I started and I didn't feel left out at all. I do think the demographics are changing a little since the bursary went, but hopefully with the additional grant we will see the balance between mature and younger students return. In my cohort of 24 students, only 7 were straight from A Levels. Most were above 30, with the oldest being in her early 40s and 3 of us having done 3 years of uni before. Do the different ages get on? We've all got on well but the groups do split into age groups from my experience. Do you all socialise together? It depends on your t…

Auntie Fun, Lavender Fields and Chessington Trip!

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I visited my niece and nephew and had so much fun!
Click here to watch the vlog or see below. There is also a vlog of the kids private here.
After finishing my hypnobirthing training course, I headed down to London to see my sister and her family. My niece and nephew are my pride and joy and I love spending time with them. Having only seen them very briefly, once this year, I was desperate to see them again so as soon as I broke up for annual leave, I'd planned to go. Annoyingly, annual leave changed somewhat and so because of that, I did end up having to frustratingly do some work in between the fun but it was still a great week.

On the first day, my niece and I played lots of fun board games and other games that I'd brought with me. It was a gorgeous day so we spent the majority outside, and then made some Soft Pretzels with my BakedIn Kit in the afternoon. I have shared a full review on the kit here so be sure to check it out!
My sister and her husband actually ended up tak…

Wild: Deodrant Subscription Box (Review)

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With July being plastic free month, I've been really trying to reduce my plastic intake and recycle or be environmentally friendly where possible. I've been trying a number of new companies and products to help reduce my carbon footprint and protect the environment whilst also being healthier for me too. 
Wild is a company which states their "mission is to shake up the throwaway culture of everyday bathroom products. Through wildly sustainable products, [they] hope to redefine the future of personal care." and I for one think it's amazing!  I signed up for the Starter Kit, which comes in this cute package and the box fits perfectly through the letter box. With that kit, you get one refill and one reusable applicator. There are four colours to choose from: orange, green, silver and the most recently added, purple. They're all gorgeous colours but I went with silver because I felt it went better in the room and because the durable aluminium and recycled plastic…

Welfare Wednesday: Human Trafficking

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Tomorrow officially makes human trafficking awareness day, July 30th. Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Before studying midwifery, I never really saw how it still existed in the modern world, but the sad truth is that it still does. Whilst we don't have "slavery" as it was in the past, it still happens in differing contexts. This may encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and ova removal.

"The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of paym…

Hypnosis and Hypnobirthing: My Training!

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I have officially finished my hypnobirthing training to become an instructor and after completing my case study, I will become qualified. I wanted to do this training because I have seen the incredible benefits it has to offer, both in placement and online. I love that it not only helps promote positivity around childbirth, but also educates women on their biological process and options available.

For me, hypnobirthing was a very strange concept. I didn't believe it until I saw it, and I still didn't really understand how it worked so I think it's really important to educate on the topic. I found it really eye-opening to learn about the history of it, and from their, it have me a new perspective on the topic.

Hypnosis is not new. On fact present during the Ancient Greek and Egyptian times. Over the years, it has been historically practised for magic or religious purposes and interestingly, it was used to induce dreams to analyse medical problems. The modern hypnosis unders…

Compulsory Masks, Lake Vyrnwy and Hypnobirthing Training!

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This week had lots of celebrating, plus some big milestones in both my personal life and the country!
Click here to watch the vlog or see below! 
Whilst somewhat fortunately, the weather hadn't been too great, there was a couple of days during my Independent Learning Week, where the sun really did come out. In between writing my assessment, I was taking breaks outside and on one particularly sunny day I thought I would get the blanket out to sunbathe. Not even 5 minutes later, I'd been bitten by ants! We have also been finding what we assume to be fox poo on the grass which is also a little annoying.  The final assessment was all about our caseholding experience, which you all know I thoroughly enjoyed and absolutely loved. I was actually really excited for the assessment itself but because of the theoretical content that's expected of us to include, it ended up being a little more difficult that originally planned to get it to flow. I kept changing orders constantly!
Desp…