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Why I changed course to become a midwife

This article appears in:
All, Future & Focus, Student Stories, Alumni

Ishita Singhal originally studied Information Technology before deciding to pursue a career she was truly passionate about. In October 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery from CDU and couldn’t be happier with her decision.

We asked Ishita about what motivated her to follow her study goals, as well as her experiences as a CDU student and the challenges she faced along the way to become a midwife.

I wanted to do something that embodied who I am

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What motivated you to study?

Back in high school, I was always passionate about studying medicine. I had good marks but my mathematics score was exceptionally brilliant, which is why my teachers and parents insisted for me to do Information Technology at uni. But I was never passionate about it and could never picture myself sitting in front of a computer and making codes and programs. It just wasn’t me. I wanted to do something that embodied who I am.

Then a friend told me about the Bachelor of Midwifery course with CDU so I did my research. I asked my parents for advice and we concluded that I should apply.

 CDU is multicutural and very accepting

What did you like about studying with CDU? 

Darwin is so peaceful and I love the sunsets. CDU is multicultural and very accepting; I can meet people from everywhere. There are students from all age groups and it’s inspiring to hear their stories. No one is judgemental.

The lecturers are so supportive, and they would do the units internally and externally. All the lectures are available on the Learnline platform. I would like to do a big shout-out to all the CDU lecturers and facilitators who helped me along the way (Virginia, Angela, Mpho, Theresa, Kerry, Amy, KV and Melissa).

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What do you like most about studying Midwifery?

Midwifery is such an amazing experience. It is so beautiful to bring a new life into this world. You get to share experiences with the patients, their stories, and sometimes their sorrows. I believe midwifery is the happy part of the hospital. That's what I like about it. 

Last year, I went to Bali along with a selected group of CDU Midwifery students to stay with Balinese midwives. We spent five days to observe them while they were delivering babies; it was a really eye-opening experience. I will never forget it. 

 

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Midwifery has thorns too

What has been the most challenging aspect of studying for you?

It wasn't all roses; Midwifery has thorns too. Before enrolling in Midwifery, I arranged a meeting with one of the lecturers, we spoke for an hour and a half and she gave me a clearer picture of what I would get myself into, like the long hours.

Although Midwifery is a happy part of the hospital, it can still be a matter of life and death, especially in emergency scenarios. Despite the support from the senior midwives, at one point you will end up in the spotlight.

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Nothing's impossible

Do you have advice for others that might be considering study?

Know yourself. If you know your passion, then go for it. Nothing’s impossible. It's very important to have a purpose in life. Midwifery has been a stepping stone for me, which opened many doors for the future.

To me, studying is like climbing mountains: Midwifery was just one peak, there are more mountains to climb. My ultimate goal is to become an obstetrics surgeon.

 

Ready to turn your passion into a rewarding career? If like Ishita you would like to pursue your calling in Nursing or Midwifery, explore our Health courses. 

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This article appears in:
All, Future & Focus, Student Stories, Alumni

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