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Helping you find a career as a Midwife

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


What skills and interests should an Midwife have?
Medical knowledge, alongside the ability to communicate well and clearly, are the main skills you need to become a midwife. You'll also need a caring and calm manner, quick, accurate reactions., and a commitment to equal treatment for all women.
What hours does a Midwife typically do?
You can expect to work unsocial hours in this profession; a working work is usually 37.5 hours split over day and night shifts.
What environment is a Midwife based in?
You could work in maternity units of large hospitals, smaller stand-alone maternity units, private maternity hospitals, group practices, birth centres, general practices or in the community.
How much does a Midwife travel?
You may have to travel to patients’ homes or attend births during the day or night.
How much does a Midwife get paid?
Midwives working for the NHS are paid according to a fixed pay scale. Salaries for newly qualified midwives are set at Band 5, which starts at £22,128.

You can then progress to Band 6, with salaries ranging from £26,565 to £35,577. As you progress to a more senior level (Band 7) salaries are in the region of £31,696 to £41,787.

One of the highest paid positions in this profession is a nurse consultant, which starts on Band 8a and ranges from £40,428 to £48,514.
Perks & benefits
The NHS provides job security, and other benefits such as a great pension and 40 days holiday.
What qualifications does a Midwife need?
You must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). You’ll need to complete an approved pre-registration midwifery programme, which lasts three years.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
- Midwifery
- Medicine
- Biology
- Medical Science
- Biochemistry
- Biomedicine
- Child development
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