As a midwife, you'll need to:
- monitor and examine women during pregnancy
- develop, assess and evaluate individual programmes of care
- provide full antenatal care, including screening tests in the hospital, community and the home
- identify high risk pregnancies and make referrals to doctors and other medical specialists
- arrange and provide parenting and health education
- provide counselling and advice before and after screening and tests
- offer support and advice following events such as miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and neonatal death
- supervise and assist mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus and applying knowledge of drugs and pain management
- give support and advice on the daily care of the baby, including breastfeeding, bathing and making up feeds
- liaise with agencies and other health and social care professionals to ensure continuity of care
- participate in the training and supervision of junior colleagues.
16-40 + Hours
What to expect
- You can work in maternity units of large hospitals, smaller stand-alone maternity units, private maternity hospitals, group practices, birth centres, general practices and in the community.
- There is a very high percentage of women in the profession.
- The work can be physically and mentally demanding, and involves exposure to sensitive situations such as bereavement and domestic abuse.
- You may have to travel to patients' homes or attend births during the day or night, but overnight absences from home and overseas travel are unlikely.
To practice as a midwife in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). You'll need to have completed an approved pre-registration midwifery degree programme to do this
You will need to show:
- the ability to communicate well and clearly with a diverse range of women
- a caring and calm manner for dealing with emotional situations
- the ability to react quickly and effectively in times of stress or when immediate decisions need to be made during labour
- strong teamworking skills to liaise with different medical professionals
- strength, stamina and physical fitness
- a commitment to equal treatment for all women, irrespective of their background or circumstances.
Pre-entry experience in a caring role within health and social care is a distinct advantage. Many midwives with previous nursing experience believe that this was useful when they started midwifery training.
Useful experience might include supporting teenage parents, working with breastfeeding groups or charities dealing with issues such as birth defects, bereavement or miscarriage