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Maria Iriart

From academic work to clinical practice Maria Iriart says she loved every minute of her training to be a midwife at the University of Worcester.

There were no long summer breaks – the course ran for 45 weeks of the year – but the rewards were high. Not only did she leave the University with a First Class Honours degree, she also stepped right into full time work as a registered midwife.

“It was a very intense three years. Often we were working full time on practice placements while revising and preparing assignments at the same time,” she says.

“I have a great passion for this profession and although I found the course very demanding, I enjoyed all aspects of it. It is important to find something in your life that you love to do and I am so happy to have found my true vocation.”

Maria, 37, says she fell in love with the city of Worcester when she visited the University for an interview. “I like its medieval appearance, the hills and the river walk,” she says.

She felt sad to leave behind the constant support from the tutors in the midwifery department, the librarians, the dyslexia team and the staff of other academic departments that shared their expertise. They all helped her towards her new career.

“I am starting work in a community post in Sandwell and Dudley and I feel very lucky to have found a job. The number of nurses and midwives working in the NHS has fallen dramatically over the last two years and many newly qualified midwives are finding it hard to get their first posts – so I am very lucky,” she says.

“What I most liked about my time in Worcester was the way the course provided both the skills and knowledge required to be a good midwife and the theory and tools for us to continue improving services for women and their families. That is something I look forward to achieving throughout my career.”