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Midwife

A diverse and challenging career supporting women and their babies.

What's it like to be a Midwife?

Midwives are health professionals who support women during their pregnancy, labour and birth, and after childbirth until the baby is six weeks of age.

Midwife

Tasks and duties

  • Providing antenatal care, assessment and information to pregnant women and their partners throughout pregnancy.
  • Providing monitoring, support and assistance during the labour and birth and helping to deliver the baby.
  • Advising and providing support after the baby is born with regards to breastfeeding and advice about caring for the newborn baby.
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Midwifery usually involves shift work, and the majority of midwives work in hospitals, however some are based at community health clinics or in private practice.

The role of a midwife is varied, and each day is usually different depending of whether you are conducting prenatal, antenatal or postnatal appointments, or attending a birth.

What can I earn as a Midwife?

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How to become a Midwife


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To work as a midwife in Australia, you need to complete a Bachelor of Midwifery, or a nursing degree and postgraduate midwifery qualification.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in midwifery. Alternatively, for students with qualifications in nursing, complete a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery or Master of Midwifery Practice. These courses are generally 12 – 18 months in duration.
  2. Apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as a midwife. Registration must be renewed annually and midwives must complete 20 hours of professional development annually.
  3. Midwives who are also nurses can look to specialise and become a Maternal Child Health Nurse.

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Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

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Latest Midwife reviews

Latest reviews from 32 Midwives surveyed on SEEK
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There is a lot of hands on but nothing a lot of heart can't handle.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
You can't beat bringing new life into the world. It is such a privilege to care for and support families at such a pivot time in their lives. Rewarding, exciting, sometimes overwhelming feelings are j...
The challenges
The shift work can sometimes be annoying because your days off might not match up with friends and family. It can be physically and mentally exhausting. There is education and professional development...
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Being a Midwife is a privilege, that has huge responsibility
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Birth Centre
The good things
Midwifery is all about helping families but primarily women. It is about caring, nurturing, teaching and supportng women during a monumentally profound life event. To know you've made a positive diffe...
The challenges
Whilst most of the job entails sharing beautiful positive moments with a population of healthy young women, there will always be the heartbreaking moments where devasting news and events of illness, d...
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