Written by Hanwa Fahme, UTS Bachelor of Midwifery student
What inspired you to do your degree?
Coming from a big family, I used to love it when my aunties and mum would talk about pregnancy. The main experience that pushed me into choosing midwifery was when a midwife visited my mum at home to check up on her after giving birth to my youngest brother.
The midwife sat down with me, taught me about her profession, and made me fall in love with the idea of being a midwife. As a result, I knew from the young age of 14 what I wanted to do!
What are your career plans and goals?
My career plans are to become a registered midwife and eventually work my way up into becoming a clinical educator in a hospital! This is a true goal, as I can help students in the ways that my educators helped and assisted me!
What is your favourite subject so far?
So far it would have to be “Complex Labour, Birth, and Puerperium”. This is a subject in the Spring session of our second year. I particularly enjoyed it because I was able to do my clinical placement at a Level 6 tertiary hospital – which takes in a lot of high risk and complex cases.
The subject was amazing, as it solidified my content knowledge to ensure that I enter clinical placement well prepared, and that I can understand what the midwifes are talking about during handover and patient care.
What’s your best advice for managing your work, study, and social commitments in this degree?
For me, it’s all about time management and planning. It is very easy to continue to have work and a social life whilst studying. I do this by setting out certain time periods during the week where I focus solely on completing uni work – so I’m not procrastinating.
This lets me know when I have time to hang out with friends and plan social events. Another thing is scheduling out when I have assessment tasks due and being prepared for my classes! I make sure I have this in an accessible place, like on my laptop or on top of my study desk, to make sure that I’m never late on handing anything in.
What’s it like to be a student at UTS?
Being a student at UTS is quite fun! We have so many clubs and societies you can join (that are separate to your degree) that make you want to come into uni more often.
You also get to meet so many new people from different genders, backgrounds, races, and ages, and see a whole new perspective of certain things. This is what’s needed to allow for more positivity and gratitude in your life.
Our location is also incredible when maintaining your social life and exploring new places. As it is 5 minutes away from Central Station, it’s a great way to meet up with friends and take a nice walk when wanting to de-stress!
Find out more about studying Midwifery at UTS.