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Presenting at VIDM!

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As promised in yesterday's post, I wanted to share my experience presenting at VIDM.  First of all, for those that don't know, VIDM is the Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference which takes place every day and involves a 24 hours worldwide conference of presentations, posters and collaboration. The staff were all amazing in the lead up and it was real honour to be apart of the programme. I believe we were once again the only students on the oral presentation programme, but I learnt, we also had posters up too! I actually felt awful because I hadn't informed any of the others involved but nevertheless, with an emailed certificate, I hope it was okay. 
We've presented the research a number of times now, at IDM last year we presented it preliminary, but also at two faculty level events and to out cohort. Of course, I've also presented it at the RCM Research conference but sadly Bea couldn't make it to that one. I was so excited to have her with me th…

International Day of the Midwife 2020!

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This year, for obvious reasons, International Day of the Midwife was very different to usual. Nevertheless, it was a day to celebrate (perhaps even more than usual) and there was a full day of events scheduled!

Click here to watch the vlog or see below.
 According to the International Confederation of Midwives, International Day of the Midwife began in 1951 to recognise the life-saving work performed by midwives around the world and to bring attention to maternal and newborn health issues.

I woke up bright and early and got ready for the day. Of course, I had to wear red because it is the Royal College of Midwives colour of the year. Although, I was quite surprised to see on twitter that other bodies were using yellow as the colour. I hadn't heard of that before.
I was super excited to log onto the Midwifery Society's MS TEAMS page and watch the first live of the day. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I had anticipated and it turns out that the day's events weren'…

City of Caves, Nottingham (Review)

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It was a while ago now that I went to the City of Caves in Nottingham, and obviously, no one is going anywhere at the moment. In fact, it was back in September! I went off vlogging and blogging for a little bit, as life got a little too hectic to manage everything at the same time, but you can see the post and vlog here.  In all honesty, visiting the caves was never particularly something I wanted to do, but my boyfriend did so of course, I happily obliged. My biggest concern was that I would feel too claustrophobic. I am no where near clinically unwell with it, but I do struggle with enclosed spaces sometimes. It's worse when I can't see an exit or a quick escape but it was defintely a concern. Luckily, the caves aren't small and crowded so it wasn't a problem at all for me. Also, the helmets are optional and so we didn't wear them, which was helpful.
The groups are kept quite small, so there are never too many people in each tour. Ours happened to have 12 people…

Welfare Wednesday: Mental Health Awareness Week!

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Today's Welfare Wednesday is a little bit different because this week is actually Mental Health Awareness Week. This year's theme is "kindness" and it is such a lovely one and one I have written about myself because I really do think it is crucial.

Here's some words about it from the campaign runners. We all have so much going on in our lives - including competing strains and stresses – not to mention the current coronavirus pandemic. This can see kindness pushed to one side, in favour of what is urgent or trending now.  It can be easy to signal kindness by posting online and following a trend, but harder to commit to kindness in our daily words and actions, but if we take the time to be kind to other people, we can reap the emotional dividends. It can really make a difference and especially for people who are vulnerable or struggling. Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health.

Kindness is choosing to do something that …

Health Watch Competition!

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The deadline for the HealthWatch Student Prize 2020 has just passed and I entered over a month ago but it's going to be a long process.

This is a competition for critical appraisal of clinical research protocols is now open. The aim of the competition is to test your research skills by asking you to evaluate four hypothetical research protocols and rank them in order of quality.
It was a really interesting competition and completely different to any competition that I've entered. Having now done the theory of my research proposal module, it's defintely not my best work because I've learnt more that I could have put in, but nevertheless.

The results aren't released until September but it's a very strict mark scheme. To get past stage 1, you have to have the right rank and I was somewhat torn between my top two. For stage 2, you have to get 70% when the mark the 600 word explanation, and only do then judges select the winners and highly commended for the prizes.

IDM Preparations, Dyeing my Hair Blue and Strained Relationships!

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It was a mixed of emotions this week, with lots of fun and joy, but also some hurt and upset.  Click here to watch the vlog or see below.  I started the week with preparations for International Day of the Midwife. With International Day of the Midwife right around the corner (5th May), I needed to take a picture to promote the NMA campaign and of course, I wanted it to be perfect as always. With the Royal College of Midwives making red their colour of the year, I wanted to paint my nails red, wear a red top and pair it with a red lip, aka Fly Girl LipSense. I thought it would work great but trying to take a picture with a white piece of paper was just the hardest thing ever! I ended up settling with the picture I had but it was still a little bit of a struggle to see the writing unfortunately. 
In the evening, I did something a little crazy. Although, I didn't end up dyeing my hair the red I'd already got in the post, I did re-order a TEMPORARY dye in blue. See if you can spo…

Vagina Museum (Review)

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On my most recent trip to London, following the interview for the SNTA I decided to continue the midwifery themed day by heading to the Vagina Museum. I'd been wanting to go for a while but hadn't quite got around to it just yet, and it seemed like a perfect way to fill in some time.  The exhibit when I went was "Muff Busters", all about vagina myths and how to fight them: Just under 50% of the world’s population has one. Most of us came into the world through one. Yet vaginas, and the rest of the gynaecological anatomy, are still a taboo subject. The next one which is meant to be on a history of periods so another similar topics and fighting somewhat the taboo topic. In all honesty, I was a little disappointed by the exhibition. It wasn't very interactive and apart from the one artist model, the rest were really just posters of writing. It was interesting to read but not the best museum experience.

They also had a little shop which had lots of amazing feminist …

Welfare Wednesday: Saying No

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⛈ It is okay to say no.

⛈ Please remember sometimes you need to put yourself. Often we take on responsibilities with the best intentions and then life happens and you can not keep up with everything you’ve taken on. Saying “sorry I can’t do it” or quite simply “no” to another task, is not a sign of failure. It’s a sign of learning more about yourself and self-growth.

⛈ If you are feeling like you’ve taken on too much or need to talk it through with someone seek help!

Beyond Bea: Online Training (Review)

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For those that saw this post with no writing, I apologise! For some reason, all my writing hadn't saved so this is the second time I am writing all of this but I am so happy to because Beyond Bea is an incredible charity and I am so honoured to have been in the very first online training class that they gave on bereavement care. Given the current coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the world globally, all in person classes have been cancelled for the immediate future, yet Beyond Bea have gone out of their way to continue to support those wanting to learn more about bereavement and I for one, could not be more grateful. 
Given that Steph shared the story behind the charity, I felt I wanted and needed to too. Steph gave birth to Beatrice who sadly died in November 2017. In her honour, Beyond Bea the charity started in January 2018 as Steph realised health professionals needed to be taught more about bereavement care and how to support families in her situation; as a midwife herself…

Day in the Life of a Student Midwife During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Beyond Bea and Real Talk!

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Ever wondered what a Day in the Life of a Student Midwife is like? What about during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Click here to watch the vlog or see below!  The morning started with a yoga workout from the NMA Instagram LIVE of the previous day. To be quite honest, I don't do yoga. I can't do the slow, meaningful mediation like activity but I still try it when I can in hopes of one day finding it helpful and relaxing and not painful and boring. 
I really couldn't be bothered to change out of my gym clothes so instead I let my hair out, popped on some LipSense and set to the rest of the day. I ended up having a very hectic schedule planned, which isn't the normal but nevertheless lots of preparation for the future.  I began with some training for the Virtual International Day of the Midwife conference. It was a little bit of a last minute addition to the schedule but I thought I could just sit in the background and get to grips with the programme as it was something new …

LipSense (SheerSense/Senegence) is an Amazing Business!

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I don't often talk about my Hannah's Lips UK business on here anymore. I don't sell as much as I want to, or spend as much time working the business as I need to, but nevertheless, I still love the company, the products and my little business. 
I am forever amazed by the commitment Senegence has to producing high quality product, supporting families in building legacy businesses and also, the promotion of sustainable ingredients and products. 
At the start of the global pandemic, Senegence very quickly switched their production factories over from cosmetic production to the promotion of hand sanitiser's which they then proceeded to donate all over the US to help front line workers. I was so proud when I saw and read this and this right here, is one of the reasons, I will always support and love Senegence.

Welfare Wednesday: Judgement

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šŸ’š Most people have heard of the quote “never judge a book by it’s cover” but this equally translates to people as well.

šŸ’š In today’s society, all too quickly people judge others for what they see or hear - myself included. Too easily we make an opinion of someone based on a single action or event. Sadly, we don’t know everything that goes on in a persons life and nor should we.

šŸ’š People go through hardships, ups and downs in life and we can’t control how they deal with that. What we can control is how we react to it. Sometimes the response can change a person’s day.

šŸ’š The next time someone is upset, listen. The next time someone is angry, smile. The next time someone shouts, breathe. The next time someone is quiet, hug.

šŸ’š Instead of judging someone immediately, I challenge you to take a step back and try to understand what they’re going through at the moment. They may have lost a loved one, they might be injured, they could be struggling through heartbreak or perhaps they have r…

Midwifery Changes from the Coronavirus Pandemic

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I recently shared a Day in the Life of a Student Midwife post, which was realistically more of a mini summary of the University of Nottingham course and may experience. I thought given that it had been a few weeks since that post went live, and even longer since I first wrote it, there has been quite a lot of changes. With the coronavirus pandemic, everything kind of got thrown up in the air and even though I am still working full-time as as student, here's what's happening at the moment.
My cohort had just begun their first year three placement - I was just 5 shifts in! - when the entire Faculty of Health Sciences pulled all students from placement with immediate effect. The first few weeks were a little strange, with no one really knowing what was happening but it has all settled down a little more now.

We ended up having our Easter annual leave week brought forward with immediate effect and then the week after was for catching up on practical theory elements. I ended up mak…

Guess the Gibberish, Barbecues and Working from Home!

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I got a little addicted to a new filter and we had to enjoy the sunny weather! Click here to watch the vlog or see below! 
Although I didn't really mention it in the vlog, we started the weekend off with Fish and Chip Friday from a local business that dad wants to continue to support during the pandemic. It was amazing! The chips were absolutely delicious, as was the fish. I think it is safe to say we will be getting them again.  I am still getting ready every other day, although I have actually been getting ready more often than not since moving to my dad's. I think the garden is gorgeous and so inviting, meaning I want to go out more, but more importantly, I don't want to give a bad impression to my dad and his girlfriend. Ha! I've not lived with my dad for a long, long time - since I was 12! - so it is defintely a different experience.

I ended up spending the morning getting ready. I showered and got ready, even shaving my legs, which meant I got the opportunity to…