Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Born Every Minute

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

One Born Every Minute

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SEVEN students from the Access to Health course at Stockton Riverside College have been offered places at Teesside University to study midwifery in September 2011.

Louise Hatton, Nicole Coulter, Sarah Bowron, Paula Salter, Gayle Smith, Victoria Scott and Clare McMann will all start the BSc (Hons) midwifery three year programme after successfully completing the access course at Stockton Riverside College.

Louise Hatton has been offered a place at Teesside University for September 2011. Louise has four children and has still found time to achieve on the access course. Louise said: "I am a breast feeding advocate and talk with prospective mums on the subject. I can't wait to start the course, I am so excited!" Nicole said: "I didn't enjoy A-levels but I always knew that I wanted to be a midwife so when I applied for the access course I was totally focussed.

"I can't wait to start the course and I am so much more confident now that I have done the access course it was the best way into higher education for me." Sarah has felt very supported throughout her course at Stockton Riverside College, she said: "I waited until my children were older to come back in to education. I knew that I wanted to be a midwife but I also knew it was fiercely competitive to gain a place.

"I felt that the access course was the best opportunity for me. I have made good friends on the course and can't wait to get started at university in September."

Paula was pregnant when she was interviewed for the access course at Stockton Riverside College.

She said: "I had a desire to be a midwife and when I left work to go on maternity leave I thought it was the perfect opportunity to retrain and go back into education. I am so glad I did."

Gayle did the pre-access study skills course before enrolling on the Access to Health course, she said: "I was goal driven from the start. …

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