If you are interested in a career in midwifery then midwifery work experience can help you decide what areas of midwifery you prefer, help your personal statement for midwifery school shine and provide you with some in depth experience to wow at a midwifery school interview.
Getting a place at university to study midwifery is becoming increasingly competitive in recent years. If you have your heart set on a career as a midwife then work experience will provide you with so many things to help you not only secure that place by demonstrating your commitment to nursing but to confirm 100% to yourself that it’s the right career to embark upon.
Premed Projects sole aim is to provide students interested in healthcare careers aged 14+ with some hospital work experience that isn’t available anywhere else. You’ll live with students from all over the world interested in midwifery and shadow midwives and other healthcare professionals Mon-Fri – achieving a minimum of 40 hours worth of work experience.
You will get to experience all kinds of procedures during your midwifery Premed Project and will have the chance to learn from midwives & doctors by shadowing them during the day seeing things such as:
You’ll shadow your appointed healthcare professional in groups so you’ll get ample opportunity to ask questions and build up a rapport with both the midwives and patients, without the fear of overcrowding.
Midwifery work experience in Thailand takes place in several different hospitals, meaning you get a huge insight into hospitals and life as a midwife and a chance to see many different medical techniques and differing standards of healthcare in the country.
Your project will take you to the northern hill town of Chiang Mai. Ayurvedic medicine is popular here as are holistic approaches to midwifery and childbirth too. How does a midwife treat a patient who rejects western medicine and instead firmly believes in natural remedies for their birth despite potential complications? You’ll see all the skills needed to be a midwife on show here, empathy, patience, determination, hard work and an ability to handle pressure situations. You’ll work in 3 different hospitals in Chiang Mai in your first week before a memorable weekend and continuing on to work in another 2 hospitals in your second week.
At the start of your second week, we’ll take you and the project group to shadow in a government hospital based in Chiang Mai. A large 520 bed hospital, you’ll see how midwives juggle the large number of patients arriving through their doors. With a large OBGYN department too this is fast paced midwifery at it’s best. At the largest private hospital in Chiang Mai, brimming with the very latest in diagnostic equipment and where resources are plentiful, you’ll see a range of different symptoms, stages of pregnancy and births both natural and induced, giving you a real insight into your future career.
Seeing these different hospitals reflects well a country full of contrasts and disparity. An important part of your project is seeing both sides of the coin and see how medicine works in this part of the world, which will ultimately help you understand healthcare better.
Premed Project UK experiences take place in London. Our partner hospitals here are renowned for offering some of the best healthcare in the world. You will be shadowing highly skilled midwives here who work in private hospitals and NHS hospitals too. Midwifery work experience in the UK is notoriously difficult to obtain but through the hospital partnerships we have, we are able to offer you exclusive access to London’s premier healthcare facilities.
You’ll see many different patient cases during your hospital shadowing project during your time spent in clinics, theatre and ward rounds.
A huge part of being a midwife is complying to medical ethics and as all Premed Projects students are untrained in midwifery we offer shadowing, observational experiences for students. The doctors and nurses responsible for the clinical care of each patient determine the extent of each students’ participation, taking into account the relevant clinical protocols. You may be allowed to perform non-obtrusive medical procedures under the watchful eye of nurses such as simple bandage dressing, completion of fluid charts, assisting with patients movement, blood pressure monitoring, helping to interpret X-rays & scans many more simple clinical procedures. As well as being involved in these procedures, you should watch, learn and ask questions of your appointed midwife or doctor to make the most of your opportunity of clinical shadowing with us.