Student Profile - Midwifery

Chloe Hales

We're so lucky to get out into placement really soon after starting in the first year and it's amazing at how fast you learn. My favourite moment (aside from my first 'catch' obviously!) is the first card I got from a new mum with some incredibly kind words, you feel like you are making a difference right from the very start.

Chloe Hales

What made you choose a career in health and social care?
I get asked this a lot, and to be truthful I don't really know. I'd worked in an office based job for about ten years and knew I wanted to do something more meaningful. I've always been interested in pregnancy and childbirth and a friend was training to be a Midwife and I thought it sounded really interesting so I managed to secure some work experience and just fell in love with it. Being a mature student it was a big decision to make the change but I've never once looked back!

Why did you choose Oxford Brookes?
The relaxed atmosphere of the interview and the small cohort size were my deciding factors.

What have been the best parts of your student experience so far?
Meeting amazing new people both at uni and out on placement, I love being part of a close-knit cohort who are always there to support each other through the good days and the not so good, as well as incredible and interesting women out on placement.

Have you been out on a placement - what have you enjoyed?
We’re so lucky to get out into placement really soon after starting in the first year and it’s amazing at how fast you learn. My favourite moment (aside from my first ‘catch’ obviously!) is the first card I got from a new mum with some incredibly kind words, you feel like you are making a difference right from the very start.

Student support - how much support do you get from the teaching team and the wider university? Have you used the library, Upgrade, Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, Computer Services, SU, finance or contacted the student support co-ordinators?
The teaching team are really supportive and you really feel like it’s a partnership rather than a teacher/student relationship. I’m a student representative for my cohort, I’m really passionate about making the student experience for my own cohort as well as future students the best is possibly can be. Working together with the teaching staff is a really important part of this and I genuinely feel that we are listened to by the staff.

Do you find Brookes Virtual useful?
Having everything online is great, as Healthcare students we have easy access to local policies and guidelines as well as national publications, very useful for those essays!

What is the social life like? Do you use the sports facilities?
The social life in Oxford is great, there is something to suit just about every taste. As a healthcare student it’s more difficult to join and take part in University Societies because placement quite often gets in the way, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved - there’s always something going on.

You've helped out on open days as a student guider, how have you found this experience?
I love helping out at Open Days, meeting with prospective students and showing them how Brookes facilitates the learning experience is really rewarding and it was nice to see some of the people who I’ve met at interview and open days starting here last September.

What are the most common questions you get asked on open days and what are your answers?
I get asked a lot about placements, i.e. what kind of placements, hours, locations, flexibility and mentor attitude. We’re lucky enough to experience all aspects of Midwifery (wards, community, delivery suite, Midwifery led units and neonatal units) as well as other related placements. Hours wise you can expect to work long days, early starts and late finishes, nights, weekends and bank holidays, placement hours are often set so they aren’t particularly flexible and you won’t always be placed in the area that’s closest to where you live so you do sometimes have to travel although at present we only undertake placements within the Oxfordshire area. Brookes work closely with placement areas to ensure mentors are trained and they are always incredibly supportive, we’re very lucky.

What advice would you give to others considering the course?
Be prepared to work very hard and give it everything you’ve got. It’s hard going but with passion and the supportive atmosphere at Brookes you will get through it and it will be worth every second.

What are your plans after completing the course. Are you planning any further education/training?
In the short term I’d love to stay and work in Oxford but I’d also really love to return home to Guernsey. In the long term I’d like to teach, and I’ll definitely do a Masters at some point in the future, although I expect I’ll be fed up of studying by the time I finish my course so it might be a while!