After a First Aid certificate. I’m a native speaker

After a traumatic birth experience at 16, I found myself readingbooks by Odent, Kitzinger, Leboyer, Gaskin and others, and was inspired andawed by the physiology of labour and the power of the female body.

In 2014 Itrained and started working as a doula. My personality, experience and skillsmake me a good candidate for Midwifery. I’m caring, patient, compassionate,empathetic, respectful, non-judgemental and I remain calm in emergencysituations. I didn’t always have these qualities, I worked hard and experienceda lot to become who I am today. My aim as a future midwife is to care for womenso they have the best possible experience and feel supported.

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  I am currently studying the Access to HE which will prepareme for the academic part of course since I’ve been out of education for a longtime. l I find Psychology, Sociology and Anatomy very interesting. I’ve done alot of reading in the past and I’m feeling very confident. I passed the IELTSexam with a 7.

5 and will be taking IGCSE Mathematics in January. I hold aCyprus Apolytirion and a First Aid certificate. I’m a native speaker of Greekand I’m currently taking a British Sign Language course. I have been working as a child carer since 2003. I met mothersand babies of different ages and backgrounds.

I learnt to be patient andaccepting of different parenting ways. I also worked long and unsocial hours.In 2010 I got a job as a secretary in a law firm. There, I learnt to work underpressure, time-manage, problem-solve and organise myself better. In November2013 I started working as a postnatal doula. I helped women process their birthexperience, cared for the newborn, cooked, and helped with breastfeeding. WhenI finished my training with Childbirth International in 2014, I got a job withan obstetrician.

I met with clients antenatally and covered basic physiology,medical procedures and interventions, pain management and newborn careprocedures. I provided evidence-based information, so mothers would feelconfident to make a birth plan. During labour I provided physical and emotionalsupport. After birth I helped with breastfeeding and discussed their feelings.I worked long hours, usually at night (babies love to come at night!) and I wasalways on-call. Through my reading and experienceI developed an interest in water birth.

This started when I first read ‘BirthReborn’ by Odent (1994). I then went to read more, like The Waterbirth Handbook: TheGentle Art of Waterbirthing by Lichy & Roger (1992).  I’m alsointerested in antenatal depression, abortion, birth trauma and have spoken to alot of women with PTSD. I believe these women need extra support. In the futureI would like to work with women with antenatal depression, previous birthtrauma or history of abortion and specialise in water birth. I also want towork towards becoming an IBLCL. I was a teen mum, Ihad an abortion, and at 33 my passion to help women led me to become surrogate.

My first two births were traumatic and I developed PTSD after my second. Mysecond and third births were water births, my third was unassisted and it wasthat which healed me from my previous birth trauma. I’m proud to say Itake advantage of every experience and see it as a lesson. I see myself as adiamond in the making, with every experience slowly shaping me to perfection.  I am currently devoted to the Access course so I can achievehigh grades.

When I have some free time I enjoy spending time with my son,reading, knitting, hiking or sitting in the park. I don’t go out much, I preferspending time at home. I realise how limited university places are and how manygood aspiring midwives are applying. The statistics do frighten me but I hopemy life and work experience, my passion for birth and women’s care, and mypersonality traits which are fitted for midwifery are fully depicted in mypersonal statement and I am considered for an interview.