Cerys Wyn, BMid Midwifery
What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?
Prior to studying at Swansea I had completed a degree in History and postgraduate certificate in Public Health. I then worked part-time but devoted the majority of my days to caring for my then 3, now 4, children Ava, Lucas, Ben and Alex.
Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?
Swansea University is my local University. The nature of my course meant I would be training in an area I would eventually hope to work. The university afforded me the opportunity to spend time in these clinical areas getting to know local policies, protocols, and build and develop relationships with staff.
Whilst I was offered several places at other Welsh Universities, every time I visited Swansea University I received a warm and personable welcome. That was reason enough for Swansea to always be my first choice.
Can you tell us about your course?
The Midwifery course is truly full-time course that sees your training split equally into an academic programme that encompasses topics such as biology, pharmacology, medicine, sociology and psychology alongside clinical placement. It's demanding, heart-wrenching and rewarding. The course prepares you for the realities of working within the NHS and gives you an understanding that a midwife works with not only her hands and mind, but also her heart.
What part of the course do you/did you enjoy the most?
Swansea University practice a method of integrated placements. This means you are consistently implementing what you learn in the classroom into direct clinical practice a short time later. I loved this aspect of the programme. It meant on Monday I could learn how to take blood, and by Wednesday I was out on the wards giving it a go.
What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?
There has been no singular highlight. My most rewarding moments are usually those that are largely uncelebrated; words of encouragement and praise from a tutor, a genuine and heartfelt hug of thanks from a woman I've cared for, or times when my opinion has been sought and listened to from qualified midwifery and medical staff.
What are your plans/hopes for the future?
Personally, I hope to re-find my work/family balance. The course has been incredibly difficult to manage alongside my personal responsibilities and I hope that I can find some time to manage both a quality work and home life.
Professionally, I hope to become a competent midwife who is above all kind, has the humility to ask for help whenever she needs it, and can maintain her sense of humour. I want to continue my efforts to improve postnatal care for women who have given birth to pre-term or sick babies and have my eyes always open to new opportunities and ideas that mean women and their families will feel supported, safe and valued.
How will your studies help you pursue your chosen profession?
The course has equipped me to provide safe clinical care but also encouraged me to be brave enough to speak out and seek to change and improve practice. I have been taught that I can make a difference and have been inspired by watching my tutors and lecturers demonstrate this compassionate commitment themselves.
Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?
Yes. Each University has a different way of training the midwives of the future, for me Swansea has been a good fit. The cohort is small enough to foster close and supportive relationships between students and staff and I am certainly a person, not a number.