October is a very busy month in the university calendar as, along with 104 other higher education institutions (HEIs) delivering approved midwifery courses (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2015a), we welcome our new cohort of students as they begin their journey to becoming a midwife and having the privilege of being 'with woman'. This article aims to provide commencing student midwives with some tips and information to help navigate the early stages of their course and ease the transition into a professional programme of study. Information is provided from the author's perspective as a senior lecturer with experience in teaching and supporting first-year students, combined with the reflections of three students who have recently completed the first year of their programme of study. The students share their thoughts on how they felt at the start of their programme and give suggestions for how to cope with its academic and clinical demands.
- Midwifery programme
- student midwife