A Midwife will care and support the mother-to-be and her baby during pregnancy, in childbirth and after the baby is born. They will provide advice, counselling and medical assistance to help deal with emotional and physical issues associated with pregnancy, childbirth and care of the new-born baby. Midwives normally work in shifts which would mean working evenings, nights and weekends.
To become a midwife you will either require a degree in midwifery or you could complete a degree level apprenticeship. If you're already a registered adult nurse you may be able to qualify through a conversion course.
You will need a degree in midwifery approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Full-time courses usually take 3 years.
Entry requirements can vary depending on the university you apply to but you will usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, or a level 3 diploma or access to higher education in health, science or nursing
You can do a midwife degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
If you're already a registered adult nurse you may be able to qualify through a conversion course. These usually take between 18 and 24 months.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has information on midwifery training and registration.
Work experience in a caring role would be beneficial.
The following are some of the local NHS Trusts that may be able to offer you a work experience or volunteering, you could also try local care homes for volunteering.
- Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital (work experience)
- NNUH (volunteering)
- Norfolk Community Healthcare NHS Trust
- East Coast Community Healthcare
- James Paget University Hospital (work experience)
- James Paget University Hospital (volunteering)
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn (work experience)
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn (volunteering)
- East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Trust (work experience)
- East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Trust (volunteering)
You will also need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service
Career Path and Progression
You must renew your NMC registration every 3 years to show you're keeping your skills up to date.
You could take further training to specialise in areas like ultrasound or neonatal care.
With experience, you could become a ward manager or team leader.
With further training, you could become a health visitor, a director of midwifery or midwifery consultant.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- A caring and empathetic nature
- The ability to keep calm in stressful situations
- Good communication skills and the ability to deal with people from different backgrounds
- A good sense of humour
- Physical and mental stamina
£24,907 to £37,890 (NHS)