Published On: Fri, Nov 14th, 2014 on 12:07 pm

Huddersfield graduate becomes one of the UK’s youngest fully-qualified midwives

Ainsley Rooke Midwife

At the age of 21, a graduate from the University of Huddersfield has become one of the UK’s youngest fully-qualified midwives.

Ainsley Rooke, from Howden, graduated with a First Class Honours in her BSc course at the University of Huddersfield, and has begun to work full-time at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

She listed midwife as a future career choice when she was a child.

After obtaining BTEC in health and social care at Selby College, she was told that she was ‘too young’ to be accepted straight on to a midwifery course, but her father urged her to follow her dream and she gained a place at the University of Huddersfield, as the youngest student of her cohort.

She spent half her time on placements at hospitals in Huddersfield and Halifax and her academic work showed such improvement that she averaged an exceptionally high 86.47% marks for her final two years.

This earned her a Chancellor’s Prize, which is awarded to students who earn average marks over 80% in their final two years, and the distinction of sharing the second highest mark of all those graduating at the November Awards Ceremonies.

She said: “I think that being a midwife is the most empowering, rewarding and satisfying job that you can do.

“Our lecturers always told us to have a thick skin and broad shoulders. That sums it up perfectly.”

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