Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

Full-time courses usually take 3 years. If you're a registered nurse, you may be able to qualify in 18 months.

Health Careers and the Royal College of Midwives have information on a career as a midwife.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has information on midwifery training and registration.

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:

  • Nurse

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • 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

Starting Salary

£22,000 to £48,000

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