What are the benefits of having a student?
The student will give clients labour support, information and extra time.
The student will be an extra pair of helping hands so that there is more time to spend with you.
Will my midwife still care for me?
A midwife teacher will always be present or nearby when you are with the student.
Will the student be at all of my visits?
The student will be at as many of your visits as possible so you can get to know each other.
Will the student be at my birth? What will the student be doing?
The student will usually be at your birth. They may be helping to take care of you, or may catch your baby. The midwife teacher will show the student how to care for you and your baby.
What if the student doesn’t know how to do something?
The student will say they don’t know and will ask the midwife teacher for help.
Do I have to have a student?
Your midwife will suggest that you meet the student and see how you feel about having a student involved. If or how the student is involved is always your choice.
I’m happy to have a student. What can I do to help?
Tell the student what you like and don’t like about their care. You are helping the student to learn.
What clients say about the experience of including a student?
“I think it is wonderful that students are given hands on opportunities with experienced midwives”
“We were very comfortable having the student be our primary care giver. We felt the student had enough knowledge to serve us”
“Our student was exceptional and contributed greatly to the whole birthing experience. We were grateful for the help.”
“The student was amazing. I hope the same student can be just as involved in my next pregnancy, maybe as my midwife!”
Thank you for helping the next generation of midwives.