It would be fair to say that gaining a degree has led to life going full circle for Rachael Labey.
The 23 year-old, from Jersey, graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Worcester’s renowned Midwifery course, and after excelling whilst at university, Rachael has recently begun work as a midwife at Jersey General Hospital – the hospital in which she was born.
She believes that the achievement, and her subsequent employment, owes a lot to her tutors at Worcester.
Rachael says: “I was shocked and overwhelmed when I realised I had achieved a First Class degree - I really was not expecting it, and my family and I were jumping around the room with excitement.
“I owe a lot to the University of Worcester; I have had really supportive mentors and tutors – I am particularly grateful to Kate Humphries and Tina Dennis, without whom I’m not sure how I would have coped!
“Tina was my academic tutor and she supported me through thick and thin – I am so grateful for what she has done for me.”
Despite enjoying working at Jersey General Hospital, Rachael admits that she does find it ‘strange’ to have completed such a cycle.
She adds: “It's strange to walk into the same room where my mum stayed with me and to find my name on the 1991 birth register, and now being the one caring for women in that room and signing the birth register as a midwife!”
Tina Dennis, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, adds: “Rachael’s success and achievement is testament to her positive attitude, enthusiasm, commitment and determination. She was an exemplary student midwife, who never lost sight of her gaol to become a midwife on the Island of Jersey.
“She demonstrated considerable resilience and resolve which enabled her to overcome some significant challenges along the way. During the course of her studies Rachael’s achievements included the publication of a poem in a reputable midwifery journal, which again is testament to her organisational and time management skills.
“I extend my sincere congratulations to Rachael who will be an excellent midwife and ambassador for the University of Worcester.”