Journal publishes midwifery graduate’s student assignments
Julia Bull, a University of Wolverhampton midwifery graduate, has had two of her student assignments published in a midwifery journal.
‘Childbearing - when complex may be the norm for some, and normal may be complex for others’ has been published this month in MIDIRS Midwifery Digest while ‘Immigration and health inequalities - how to improve the provision of maternity services among non-UK born mothers from the European Union’ will be published later this year.
Both of the articles were originally written by Julia for assignments on her university midwifery course. They were of such a high quality, her lecturers suggested that she explored the prospect of getting them published.
The 32-year-old, originally from Poland but now living in Wolverhampton, said: “The publication of my work gives me a feeling of fulfilment and reassures me that what I have chosen to do in my life was the right decision.
“I am also feel extremely honoured, especially being non-British to be rewarded in such a way at this early stage in my career.”
Julia first came over to the UK in 2007 to study BSc Health Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, which she successfully graduated from in 2010.
On where her interest in where midwifery came from, and her journey to come back to the University and study further, Julia said: “My interest with midwifery began when I experienced my first pregnancy.
“Challenging aspects of a complicated pregnancy brought new, unknown and intriguing issues of maternity care to my attention that I wanted to develop a greater understanding of.
“Exploring this fascinating and unique part of a woman's life motivated me to take a step forward and apply for a job as a healthcare assistant on the maternity ward at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
“Being employed there for nearly five years opened a whole new life experience and chapter in my early career. With time, midwifery became my passion that I discovered at the age of 25.
“Consequently, my motivation and ambition drove me to apply for the midwifery course.
“I believe that being Polish has been an advantage as it allows me to better understand the needs of Eastern European women in my care where I can support them to experience better maternity care and I have a unique ability to reduce health inequalities in the service provision.”
On a final note, Julia added: “I would like to thank the midwifery team at The University of Wolverhampton for the opportunity they gave me to become who I am now professionally. For their encouragement, knowledge and supervision.
“I would also like to encourage both British and non-British students to follow their aspirations and to never give up.”
Head of Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Education, Marcia Edwards, said: "The publication of Julia’s work is a fitting tribute and recognition of her hard work. Not only is this a testament to her commitment to midwifery but also proof to other students that their work is valued and of great interest and relevance to the wider community.
"Well done Julia, we are all very proud of your achievement!"
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