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Midwives provide advice and support for women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and the early stages of the postnatal period. You will help women to make decisions about the care and services they access and will provide health and parenting advice until they are referred to a health visitor.
You will need to:
- Monitor and examine women during their pregnancy
- Develop and evaluate individual programmes of care
- Provide full antenatal care. e.g. screening tests in the hospital, community and home
- Identify high-risk pregnancies and make referrals to doctors and other medical professionals
- Organise and provide parenting and health education
- Provide counselling and advice following traumatic advice. e.g. miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and neonatal death
- Supervise mothers in labour
- Give advice and support on the daily care of the baby. e.g. breastfeeding, bathing and making up feeds
- Liaise with other health and social care professionals
- Train and supervise junior colleagues