I'm spending my elective placement in South Africa


Kate Jones from Bridgend is in the third year of the Bachelor of Midwifery degree. She is currently writing her dissertation and arranging an elective placement to South Africa.

"I first became interested in midwifery whilst studying my GCSEs. I was and still am, amazed by the body’s ability to create and sustain life.  

I was very fortunate to receive a place on the midwifery course at USW, starting immediately after completing A-levels in school.  

The midwifery course is physically and emotionally demanding and at times it is very challenging. I’ve found it of great importance to have family and friends who are supportive, and if you have someone who can put up with you after 12.5 hour shifts, they’re a keeper! 

There is a lot to cover within the three years of study, but you will be amazed by the theoretical knowledge you gain and the clinical skills you acquire.  

There have been many highlights during my midwifery course. Spending time with a woman and her family at such a pivotal time in their lives is a privilege and being the first to see new life emerging is magical.  There are also moments where you think: ‘I finally understand this’ and these can make you feel on top of the world.  

I’m really looking forward to my elective placement in August. I chose to go to South Africa as they have very high Caesarean section rate. I am going to work with a private midwife who is working towards empowering women and facilitating normal birth where possible.  As UK Caesarean rates are above what is recommended by the World Health Organisation, I hope to learn from and replicate her practice on my return.

The last three years have been the hardest, most challenging and rewarding of my life so far.  My advice to those considering the midwifery course is to have confidence, be yourself and never be afraid to ask questions. I wish you all the very best in your journey toward becoming a midwife."

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