This week, we interviewed third year student, Corey. We are loving all the different perspectives and journeys through this program. Enjoy Corey's interview below:
MSMC: What experiences led you to wanting to pursue midwifery?
Corey: I know lots of people have more of a "come to Jesus" story about Midwifery. For me, I had been working in business and was feeling a deep-seated dissatisfaction with my place in that world, so I started to explore other options. I had always had an interest in health care but didn't want to commit 10 years to becoming a doctor, and also didn't want to work with sick or dying folks as a nurse. Someone suggested I should check out Midwifery, and I found that I agreed with its philosophies of person-centered care and partnering with pregnant folks to help them have the best pregnancy and delivery possible. Before starting the program I didn't have a lot of exposure to the obstetrical or midwifery worlds, but I haven't found that to be a detriment to my education at all.
MSMC: What is the best part of your journey through the program?
Corey: I've really enjoyed the hands-on aspects of the MEP. More specifically, I've enjoyed getting to know pregnant folks and their families as I've participated in their care during my clinical placements. One family had a 3 year old son who I really enjoyed interacting with during their prenatal appointments. He was really engaging and funny and the family made sure to include him in everything. This family had a lovely home birth that was too quick for them to realize their plan for child care, so of course their son was at the birth too. It felt so natural for him to be there! We took turns reading to him, and sometimes he sat with his mom as she laboured through her contractions. After his baby sister was born, he suggested that her name should be Corey. That has been my very most favorite moment so far.
MSMC: What has been the most challenging?
Corey: The program itself is challenging. It's a lot of self-study. There isn't always a lot of direction. Often you don't know things until what seems like the last minute. And your opportunities to see your classmates are limited once NC starts, so it can feel like you're going through a major transformative journey alone. That's pretty tough.
MSMC: What advice to you have for students entering their third year of the program?
Corey: Foster good, strong relationships with at least a couple people in your group so you can support each other when times are tough. And get comfortable advocating for yourself and creating your own learning opportunities. We're meant to become independent clinicians, and there's lots of room to practice that skill with a safety net during this program. Fake it til you make it is also good advice! And enjoy all of the lovely people you'll meet! Network. Make good connections with other health care professionals.
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