But as I got more interested in midwifery, I did research, I did work experience. I came to open days and I talked to student midwives about the role – what the role really was and I realised it had so much more to it.
‘Midwife’ itself means with women and I soon learnt that midwives play a massive role in the antenatal intrapartum and postnatal periods, as well as supporting women preconceptionally in some areas.
I used this passion to push me through all my GSCEs and my A levels and when I had to do an access course, that kept me going through.
Fast forward time and I was on a night shift on a labour ward. I had just facilitated a particularly memorable delivery with a lovely couple and they brought their younger son in to visit the new baby.
They introduced me as the midwife who brought their little baby into the world, to their son, and said, ‘this is the midwife, this is Abbie.’
Nobody had ever actually called me a midwife at that point and even though I’m still a student very rarely do people refer to you as the student, they say that you are the midwife. I felt I played a massive role in that family’s life and I really enjoyed spending time with them afterwards.