Midwifery is a health science and health profession that deals with pregnancy and child-birth. In many countries, midwifery is a medical profession. Midwifery covers many aspects of support during pregnancy. As long as everything is normal in pregnancy, a midwife can generally provide all of your antenatal care. If complications arise, a midwife will refer you to a doctor who is trained to deal with special situations. Hospital midwives are midwives who are based in a hospital obstetric, or consultant unit, a birth centre or midwife led unit, and they staff the antenatal clinic, labour ward, and postnatal wards.

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Skills/qualities/values midwifery requires

SKILLS AND QUALITIES: The ability to communicate with a diverse range of women and to explain things clearly to them; a caring and calm manner for dealing with women and their families in emotional situations; the ability to react quickly and effectively in times of stress or when immediate decisions need to be made during labour; strong team working 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.

Subjects needed

Entry requirements for a midwifery degree course will depend on where you study. Typically, you'll need five GCSEs at C grade or above, plus two A levels or a higher education qualification. Health and social care is one of the main subjects to take on, also child development. Double award science is also needed, biology and chemistry.

Qualifications needed

You'll need five GCSEs at C grade or above, plus two A levels. English, Maths and Science at Grade C or above. We also require five GCSEs at grade B or above. These may include your English, Science and Maths GCSEs if at Grade B. At A-level the grades needed are ABB including a science (eg Biology or Chemistry) or AAB including a relevant subject eg Psychology, Health and Social Care.

Different career paths

When you pass your midwifery degree you can also do different jobs with this degree, such as: private sector clinics and hospitals; private sector healthcare providers that have been contracted to provide services to NHS patients; voluntary organisations; local authorities (for work in nursing and residential homes); schools and further and higher education institutions; industry; prisons and the armed forces; private sector organisations such as leisure cruise companies and private nursing homes.

What you have to do on the job

Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy and birth, and their role is to look after a pregnant woman and her baby throughout a phase of antenatal care, during labour and birth, and for up to 28 days after the baby has been born. Midwives can be based in the community or at a specific hospital, birth centre, midwife led unit, or may be based at a GP surgery.

Typical hours worked

Working hours typically include unsocial hours. The working week is usually 37.5 hours and is likely to include day and night shifts. Community and independent midwives are regularly on call 24 hours. You should expect to be part of an on-call rota at some point in your career.

Place of work

Main place were a midwife works; Materinity ward

Midwives work in all health care settings. For example, in the maternity unit of a large general hospital, in smaller stand-alone maternity units, in private maternity hospitals, in group practices, at birth centres, with general practitioners and in the community.

How much you can earn

A newly qualified midwife's salary starts at £21,909 per year excluding payment for unsocial hours and on call rota. A midwife has the potential to earn up to £82,434 as a Senior Manager or Midwife Consultant.

Extra information

Why do I want to become a midwife?

I love new born children and working with them. I think this is the right job for me because I get to help the mother of the baby with the development and the journey coming up towards the 40weeks.

Facts about this jobs

Worldwide, approximately 287 000 women die every year due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications, 2.9 million new born babies die in the first month of life and there are 2.6 million still births. The word midwife dates back to around 1300. Until the 17th century, midwives were almost exclusively women but the term man-midwife or he-midwife appeared around 1600.

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