Shadowing a Doctor

July 20, 2016


If you are considering a career in midwifery, the absolute first thing you need to do is decide whether this is the right career path for you and for that you must understand what exactly a midwife does. Many students aspire to become midwives because they love babies and this is one healthcare career that allows them to be part of the process that brings babies into the world. However, if that is your sole reason for choosing this field, you should know that bringing babies is only one part of the job. Becoming a midwife involves much, much more than that.

The first step towards a career in midwifery

While it can be incredibly rewarding, this is also a physically and emotionally demanding job, with a high level of responsibility. As a midwife, you will be caring for women during what is likely to be one of the most joyful and also the most stressful phases of their lives.

The best way to get a real understanding of what working in this field really is like is to get some midwifery work experience. You can do this either by shadowing a Midwife in a local hospital or maternity clinic or by completing a midwifery placement overseas. Shadowing a midwife gives you the opportunity to observe an experienced professional at work so you get a closer look at what the job entails. The first-hand experience that you get during your medical placement will help you decide whether becoming a midwife is definitely the right choice for you or not.

What’s next?

Once you’ve confirmed your career choice, it’s time to check out the websites of all of the schools in the UK that offer the midwifery programme and shortlist a few that offer what you are looking for. Take a look at the location of each of the shortlisted schools, the duration of their courses and the eligibility criteria for applying to each one.

Then start working on your application. This includes writing the personal statement, requesting for recommendation letters from the appropriate persons, putting together your transcripts. Take time to make sure that all the paperwork is in order and submit the application well before the deadline.

While you are waiting to hear from the midwifery schools you’ve applied to, volunteer your services with an organisation that cares for pregnant women and babies. You could also enrol in courses that help you improve your transferable skills such as your communication and analytical skills.

Above all, take time to read about the latest discoveries, legalities and other advancements in the field. All of these will help you stay better informed on the latest updates in the industry so you can impress the admissions committee at your interview.

Whatever stage of your career you’re at – whether you’re on your way to qualifying or have only just submitted your application – you can come and complete a midwifery shadowing placement with us, and gain an invaluable insight into this exciting field of medicine.



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Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives, and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.