Midwife

Average Salary: £25,000 - £30,000
Competition: MID
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

Part of the beauty of childbirth, is the hard work and care throughout those nine months. It can be a rocky road, but having a Midwife can make things a lot easier. Midwives provide care and support for women and their babies during pregnancy, childbirth and after. What a way to welcome another human being to this world!

Duties

As a Midwife you’ll have a lot on your hands, being responsible for the health of the mother and child. Within the NHS, you can choose to become either a Hospital Midwife or Community Midwife. They’re self-explanatory; Hospital Midwives are based in Hospitals and Community Midwives provide care within the community, at home or a clinic. Either Midwife will usually have the following job responsibilities:

  • Regularly checking and examining women and their babies, during pregnancy
  • Understanding the care needs of the individual and developing an according care plan
  • Providing full antenatal care, including screening tests and parenting classes
  • Being aware of high risk pregnancies and referring them to medical specialists
  • Monitoring the individual’s condition and assisting them in managing pain and use of medication
  • Giving advice on caring for their infant, including breastfeeding and bathing

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Midwife should:

  • Have excellent communication skills, being able to explain things in a clear manner
  • Show strong observational skills, being adaptable to the individual’s emotional needs
  • Possess the ability to inspire trust and confidence
  • Have a caring nature and a genuine concern for the women and the families’ well-being
  • Be able to stay calm under pressure and react quickly to stressful situations

Entry Routes

Being blessed with the opportunity to help a mother during and after their pregnancy, comes with great responsibility. It’s why individuals must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). But it doesn’t come without being committed and showing the necessary skills and knowledge. To become registered, you’ll need to complete a midwifery programme. This is a full-time, three-year course, which half of the time is spent at university and the other half is based on relevant work placements. This is a career that you’ll need to be equally adept in theory and experience!

Becoming a Midwife is competitive and can be completely normal to have difficulty landing a position even after the course is completed. But, don’t panic! If you can’t land a Midwife position, look to gain experience in a caring role.

Job Progression

Midwife

Head of Midwife

Consultant Midwife

Director of Maternity Services

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Rewarding – One of the most rewarding moments is to help bring a healthy baby to the world
  • New People – You’re always meeting new people and building great relationships
  • Newborns – They’re simply magical

The Bad

  • Long Hours – Unpredictable, long hours can effect your personal life
  • Emotionally Draining – It’s a very emotional role which can take its toll
  • Unhappy Outcomes – The role does come with incredibly sad moments, sometimes families split and the loss of newborns