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.

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?

The most common salary  for a Midwife is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Midwife

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 or Master of Midwifery. 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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • Adaptability
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Leadership skills
  • Accountability

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Team work
  • Conflict resolution
  • Emotional intelligence
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How do Midwives rate their role?

Latest reviews from 57 Midwives surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Emergency Department
The good things
There is a wide diversity of areas to work in with the ability to change the number of hours worked in relation to your own current needs. You would need to be flexible and have a fair degree of empat...
The challenges
There is a need to continue study throughout your working life that you cannot always easily fit into your life often spilling over into your own time. There is difficulties fitting all necessary care...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate diploma in midwifery
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Maternity care
The good things
Helping make a difference for women in their pregnancy, continuing of care is so important so women feel cared for and cared about and safe
The challenges
Daily challenges including juggling tasks, being forward thinking & planning, not getting breaks, never leaving work on time
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Postgraduate diploma of Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Facilitation
The good things
Being a midwife is certainly not simply a career, it is a vocation and a privilege. To be part of someone’s journey into parenthood is an incredible privilege in itself. You have the opportunity to su...
The challenges
The shift work can be an initial challenge but is also a positive in the sense it gives you flexibility to work around other commitments that you would possibly not be able to maintain if working trad...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Educaton
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Antenatal care
The good things
Preparing women For their new role as mothers
The challenges
Short stay due to budget cuts
4 out of 5
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...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in midwifery
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Surgical nursing
The good things
It gives inner satisfaction to realise the potential that a midwife has in giving joy to every human, male or female. A new life received in both arms, placed on a mother's chest to begin bonding is ...
The challenges
There are always 2 sides to every coin. The good and the bad, depending which angle you looking at the situation. Satisfaction in this career will never come from your pocket because there's never a d...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered general nurse /midwife
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Midwifery
The good things
Caring for and supporting mothers in.pregnancy and at delivery. Supporting couples and families through the birthing experience
The challenges
Managing workloads with demands from.patients and doctors
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing & Bachelor of Educational Studies
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Midwifery Unit
The good things
assisting a couple or small family become a family or larger one in a way that supports them in controlling how the transition is made
The challenges
Shift work and time management without extra people to assist
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert III
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Helping new life into the world.
The challenges
Working outdoors at night from August through till December can be very challenging
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
2year midwifery coarse
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Delivery room
The good things
Midwifery is not all about job,it’s a devotion..if your heart is for this job so you will really enjoy caring the mother’s in labor.you can tolerate in labor mother which is so irritable of their situ...
The challenges
Because I’m recently working in a private hospital it’s a big challenge for me to consider some private hospital rules which is sometimes we have to wait for the doctors to deliver the baby even the m...
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What are the job opportunities for Midwives?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Midwife jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
18.4%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Midwifery and Nursing Professionals
Latest Midwife jobs on SEEK
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Sunshine Coast
An exciting opportunity exists for Clinical Nurse Midwife to lead and deliver person centred nursing care.
Benalla Health
Shepparton & Goulburn Valley
Benalla Health is seeking suitably qualified and experienced Midwives to join our Midwifery Service.
Mercy Health
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Join our Nurseries Team at Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg. Provide high quality clinical care in NICU or SCN. Casual Bank work available.
Mercy Health
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Opportunity for passionate Midwives to join our casual bank team working across a variety of specialist areas - Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg.
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