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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Midwives who are also nurses can look to specialise and become a Maternal Child Health Nurse.
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