Tips for Succeeding in Midwifery Training

June 22, 2015

Rebecca with a newborn after a C-sectionMidwives are advanced practitioners with specialized training to provide gynecological and prenatal care to women. If you are thinking about becoming a midwife, there are a few different paths you can take. The most common road to becoming a midwife is first graduating from a registered nursing program followed by attending a midwife program.

The length of a midwife program, as well as the curriculum, can vary. It’s helpful to start a program with the right attitude and game plan in order to do well. Consider some of the following tips for succeeding during your midwife training.

1. Study daily

There is a lot to learn in a midwife program. It can be hard to stay organized and up to date on all your assignments. If you wait until assignments are due, you may rush through the process and not turn in your best work. The same goes for cramming before an exam. Instead of waiting until the last minute, organize your workload and study a bit each day.

2. Use your time in clinical wisely

During your midwife program, you may complete different rotations including caring for women in a prenatal and postnatal setting. You may also complete clinical works where you provide gynecological care, family planning and newborn care.  Use your time in the clinical setting to practice procedures, improve your assessment skills and enhance your bedside manner.

3. Stay focused on your goal

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with all the work you have to do. There may also be times you get frustrated or start to doubt your abilities. When times get tough, stay focused on your goal and remember why you choose the field.

4. Maintain good health habits

It can be difficult to do your best if you are stressed or not feeling well. You are better prepared to handle the hard work if you are feeling strong emotionally and physically. Eating well, getting enough exercise and finding time to relax all help you feel balanced.

5. Don’t neglect sleep

Similar to eating well and exercising, getting enough sleep is also crucial to good health. Although midwife programs may be structured differently, you may have to be on call a certain amount of the time. Your sleep may get interrupted, which can lead to fatigue and stress. Do your best to try to get at least seven hours of sleep on most nights.

6. Stay organized

Consider making a master calendar with everything you have to do each month. Mark class times, clinical work, as well as tests and assignment due dates. Having everything listed in one place, may help you stay on top of everything you need to do.

7. If you’re working, consider cutting back

Depending on how many hours a week you are in class and at clinic locations, you may have considered working part-time during your midwife program.  Even if your program offers a part-time option or some classes can be taken online, you still need to devote a lot of time to the program. If you do maintain a job, consider working only as much as you need to survive financially.