Learning to be a midwife

02 January 2020
Volume 28 · Issue 1


As a newly qualified midwife, Rosie Ladkin explains how it is the women she has cared for who have inspired and taught her the most

I am in the midst of my eighth week working as a newly qualified midwife. I'm not going to lie to you and say that it has been easy, but it also hasn't been quite as difficult as I thought it would be—particularly with moving to a new trust post-qualifying.

Naturally, the first few weeks were overwhelming and daunting; they brought with them a bit of a crisis of confidence, an element of imposter syndrome and I became the analogy of the swan on the water: calm on the surface but paddling like crazy underneath just to stay afloat.

That said, a few weeks went by and I started to feel like I could do the job quite well. I began feeling comfortable with what I was doing and contributing to the team. I realise that this mainly comes down to an incredibly supportive team at my new trust who have helped orientate me into the world of the qualified midwife, and I would like to thank them for that.

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