For Natalie Britton, choosing to study Midwifery at the University of Worcester was a no-brainer: “I have always wanted to be a midwife - there was never any other career I wanted to do.”
Natalie, 25, enrolled on the midwifery course in 2007 after completing a Health and Studies BTEC at New College in Redditch. There was never a dull moment for the determined student who had to deal with several major events in her personal life whilst studying. Half-way through the second year of her degree Natalie fell pregnant and had to take a period of maternity leave.
“I worked in my placement up until I was seven months pregnant” she said.
But the shocks did not stop there. On her return to the University, Natalie found out her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Natalie had to juggle her studies with caring for a young baby and taking care of her mother throughout her illness.
“Thankfully my mum is a lot better now,” she said. “But it was really difficult for me. I did have to take a couple of extensions but I got there in the end, and I am so proud to have qualified as a midwife.
“It’s been a really tough journey, but definitely worth it, and my tutors at the University were fantastic throughout. They really supported me and gave me all the help and encouragement that I needed.”
As if all of that wasn’t enough stress, Natalie also got married during the course. “I don’t do things by halves,” she laughed.
Despite these major challenges, Natalie is now working as a midwife at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
“I keep having to pinch myself that I am now a midwife,” she said. “It’s the most amazing job in the world.”