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Hey, I’m Ellie, midwifery writer, blogger, support giver and unshakable believer in the importance of midwifery.


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Where are you in your midwifery journey?

Dec 2017:

Right now I’ve got three main things going on. I’m in Cambridge and I work on one other business as well as my much loved Midwife Diaries.

My Book ‘New Walk

This is a novel about midwifery, cannabis and hard life choices for a young student midwife. A publisher is considering it. Otherwise I might well self publish it. Email me on if you’re interested in reading it.

I’m writing part two.

The Kindness Conference:

This was a conference in association with Bradford University on kindness in midwifery. Few people outside the profession know that bullying is a huge issue in midwifery. But it is and it’s something I’d like to eradicate (along with many other midwives, student and professionals). I have opportunities to work with other universities coming up.

I’m not sure where my next adventure with this topic will take me. But you can join the mailing list and you’ll find out.

Personal Statement/Interview Coaching:

Midwife Diaries and the 18,000 strong midwifery group ‘The Secret Community for Midwives in the Making’ are growing fast.

I’ve just trained up a crack team of students and midwives to help with the competitive application process.

For help with your personal statement or midwifery interview, email

Other stuff:

I want to run a marathon but my physio says I need to do three months of exercises before I can train. Rocking on with that. I love cycling. I have a turbo trainer in the garage.

Also: books, books, books. Email me your favourite on

Questions about midwifery should go to:


'Ellie Durant qualified as a midwife in 2010 and worked clinically in the UK and New Zealand from 2010 - 2015.

She has spent the last two years supporting student, aspiring, and qualified midwives with online resources. She is the founder of the 15,000 member strong Secret Community For Midwives In The Making and is the author of the bestselling guide for getting into midwifery, Becoming a Student Midwife: The Survival Guide for Passionate Applicants.

She writes for Midwife Diaries and The Practising Midwife and her latest book, New Walk, is a life-affirming novel about studentmidwifehood, marijuana and abortion, and will be out in Summer 2017.

Ellie has presented at conferences alongside speakers such as Michel Odent, Sheena Byrom and Virginia Howes, and is proud and pleased to have presented at the Royal College of Midwives conference 2017.

Ellie's blog Midwife Diaries is one of the most popular midwifery sites globally and her article Bullying In Midwifery: One Small But Mighty Technique has been read by nearly 60,000 people.'

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Ellie's highly reviewed 'Personal Statement School'

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Ellie's other projects:

Midwifery Sic - a midwifery anthology

Coming soon: 'Bullying In Midwifery: The Finding Solutions Conference' 30th September 2017, Cambridge

24 Responses

  1. Lena

    I love this blog, newly discovered it but looking forward to reading more of your posts. I’m 21 & finally getting around to studying toward my midwifery degree – currently doing a health science bridging course & hoping to get accepted into Wintec’s Bach. Midwifery next year. All the best!

  2. Ellie

    Thanks Lena, sounds like an excellent plan, let me know how you get on, best of luck!

  3. Angela hough

    I am an aspiring midwife I hope I can pick up some tips to help me on my way to applying to university 🙂

  4. Kenia

    Thanks, amazing, I did love yours videos and your site.
    I still have difficulties with English, but all is almost a dream!

    I need to know about opportunities in courses of midwife.
    I’m nurse, Brazilian, with a wish, be a midwife, so I’m loving all it ?

    • Hi Kenia, thanks, that’s lovely feedback! People tell me English is really a hard language to learn. I’m trying to learn Spanish it’s supposed to be an ‘easy’ language, but it’s still really difficult! Do you currently work in Brazil or England? I think you would need to ask universities about your individual circumstances and grades. There is an 18 month midwifery conversion course for nurses, but you may be better off working towards a midwifery degree, depending on your background. There is a link here from one university that might be helpful:

  5. samira

    let me try that again, haha.

    i am a igcse student who aspires to become a midwife. I find it interesting and it seems fun, with great satisfaction. However, i’ve heard that to get into midwifery is very competitive. How will my journey to train as a midwifery be like, briefly? also what grades do i need in order to get into it? thank you in advance

    • Hi Samira,

      Thanks for you comment 🙂

      Every university asks for slightly different grades, but to start off with, you would need the equivalent 6 GCSEs, including Bs or at least Cs in English and Maths. I’m pretty sure iGCSEs would be fine. You would then usually need ‘300 UCAS points from a maximum of 3 A levels including at least one of the following subjects at grade B or above: Health and Social Care, Biology, Sports Science, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Sociology. (excluding General Studies). A maximum of 40 points can be counted from AS level’ (This is from one fairly typical Uni website – DMU) (Or, obviously, the equivalent in a different type of qualification).

      Most applicants get some work experience, you can volunteer, see this link here for more info:

      Finally, when you come to apply, you need to write a really brilliant personal statement! There’s loads on this blog on that, have a look around.
      As to whether it’s competitive….there are usually 30 applicants per place, but this can be much higher in some areas. A lot of people seem to want to be midwives ? It’s a wonderful, if very challenging job.

      Your training will be…um…well try this link to explain! 😉
      And this video:

      If you want just a straight A-Z guide, try my book, which is turning into a bit of a best seller on amazon:

      I really hope that helps! Good luck and let me know how you get on 🙂

  6. samira

    ah right, sorry for the late response but thank you for the reply!! i was just wondering how much you would earn yearly in each stage as a midwife, if you dont mind?

  7. Megan

    Hi there! I think I remember reading somewhere that you studied at DMU? I am planning on applying for 2015 and was wondering if you knew whether the placements were block or if you had 3 days on placement and 2 days in uni each week for example? Also, do you know how many weeks into first year you start placement? Many thanks!

    • Hi Megan, I did indeed study at DMU, it was brilliant and I can highly recommend that course. Placements were in blocks rather than mixed weeks of study and practice, and I believe we started out in practice within the first three months. I hope this helps, good luck!

  8. Claire Roche

    Hi Ellie

    Stumbled across your website. Studied at DMU with you, however did not finish the training. I have now recently qualified as an Operating Department practitioner. A job that I love and have come to realised much better suited to rather then becoming a midwife. However in not doing my midwifery training i would not have come across this role, and have found that a lot of the knowledge I gained during my training has been of use. (I also worked as a HCA on a delivery suite prior to my ODP training). So there is an alternative path for those of us who do not make it.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Hi Claire, how lovely to hear from you! I remember you well. I’m really glad your found ODP work, everyone I talk to about working as part of a theatre team seems to find it really satisfying, and I agree, there are lots of different paths available to you once you get involved with the NHS,
      Thanks for the encouragement,
      Ellie x

  9. Muna

    Hi Ellie, very helpful blog, keep up the good work, I wanted to ask about the helping with my Personal statement please am having problem getting my education and skills across. thank you

  10. irish

    Very useful blog, looking forward reading more of your post.

  11. Sarah

    Hi Ellie, I have just come across your website this evening while trying to do some research as have just found out today I have an interview for midwifery degree course at Canterbury Christchurch university. I am still in shock but am over the moon. It was the best Christmas present I could have asked for!!

  12. Sarah

    Thank you! ! Although I don’t know where to start with preparing for the interview! ! ?

  13. Jenny Ferguson

    I too spent my early midwifery career in New Zealand. It aught to be a compulsory secondment for midwives before being allowed to practise in the rest of the world. It may be at the bottom of the world, but it is the first in midwifery..

  14. Sarah

    As a 30 year old mum on 4 I’m finally preparing to start my ucas application again (11 years after being rejected the first time!). Having had a quick look I’ve seen why I was unsuccessful I’m very much looking forward to receiving your book to help me this time. Keep up the good work!

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