Midwifery personal statement advice and examples
Applying to midwifery? Here's how to write a personal statement that convinces admissions tutors that you're right for the course, and examples of real midwifery personal statements.
- What to include in your midwifery personal statement
- More midwifery personal statements do and don'ts
- How to make a positive impression in your personal statement
- Do you need midwifery-related work experience?
- Example of how to write about your work experience
- Insights from midwifery students
What to include in your midwifery personal statementSome of the key ingredients you need to try and demonstrate include:
- why you want to become a midwife
- your insight and awareness of the role of a midwife and the work they do
- evidence that you’ve got the necessary skills like communication, time management, teamwork, organisation and empathy – and why you think they are appropriate to the role
- an understanding of diversity and a capacity for being non-judgmental – you’ll be dealing with people from the whole spectrum of society
Remember that midwives enable, support and empower women – it’s not just about babies. As an admissions tutor at Anglia Ruskin University described it: 'Can you evidence strong motivation based on a realistic understanding of the nature of midwifery?'.
With so many applicants chasing every place, the best personal statements will demonstrate what the University of York calls 'a real insight and current awareness that goes beyond the obvious aspects of the role or how it’s conveyed on television'.
In fact, more than one university has told us, ‘if you write about One Born Every Minute, you’ll be rejected’. They’re not joking either.
More midwifery personal statement dos and don'ts
- Be natural: you're likely to be interviewed for a midwifery place, so make sure your personality shines through in your statement - and that you can back up claims you've made with evidence.
- Avoid being too generic: as the University of Nottingham puts it, 'we need more information than "I like caring for babies".'
- Evidence everything: don't just list the things you've done without explaining why they're relevant.
- Talk about what you would bring to the profession: not what the profession would do for you.
- Show awareness of maternity care issues: the University of Cumbria asks applicants to 'demonstrate that they have thought carefully about the influences on women’s health and the nature of midwifery in the UK in the 21st century'.
- Ensure your spelling and grammar is spot on: many universities won't consider any applications containing errors.
How to make a positive impression in your personal statementStanding out as a midwifery applicant requires thorough preparation and research.
As University of York’s web page explains, you will then need to articulate your thoughts and opinions in a clear and concise way in your personal statement and convey something about who you are as a person, ‘as this makes your statement unique and hopefully makes you stand out’.
You may find Which? Birth Choice a useful research tool, it’s a website which helps expectant parents decide where to give birth. As an applicant to a midwifery course you can gain more of an understanding of a midwife’s role through articles and learn how to interpret birth statistics and reference them in your personal statement. You can also research which birth centres and labour wards you may like to do your placements on if you're accepted onto a course.
Use your statement to reflect on any experience you've had of shadowing, working with or just talking to a midwife about the role.
Do you need midwifery-related work experience?
Reflecting on other kinds of care experience may also be relevant, especially in such settings as an antenatal or breastfeeding group, or any insights you've gained into current practice from midwifery journals, books, websites or open days.
Example of how to write about your work experience when applying for a midwifery course
See an example of how to reflect on any work experience you have gained for your personal statement:
Find more examples and advice:
- Midwifery personal statement guide for mature applicants
- More examples of how to write a personal statement
Insights from midwifery studentsMake sure your enthusiasm for the subject and vocation is backed up with an understanding of the demands of the course, too.
We spoke to some inspirational midwifery students from Bournemouth University who told us what it’s really like:
- And as a male student said, 'It's not babies I like, it's the being there for someone who needs my help.'
- The biggest shock is the workload.'
- 'Delivering babies is about 1% of what we do.'
- Communication skills are crucial; you must be able to listen.'
- Time management is vital, as there’s so much to juggle.'
- Before you apply, you must do your research
- It's a baptism of fire, but we love it!
NHS ConstitutionFor all degree courses that involve training within an NHS setting, there is likely to be some emphasis on values based selection, and how applicants' own values and behaviours align with the seven core values of the NHS Constitution.
Familiarise yourself with this while writing your personal statement.
For more general personal statement advice, see our article on 10 things to include and how to talk about work experience in your personal statement.