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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.

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

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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 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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View midwifery degrees, including full time, part time and blended study options.

Duration 2 yrs - 6 yrs
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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:

  • 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

5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
diploma general nursing and midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
The good things. People orientated, we strive to make our patients feel wanted and alleviate their stress levels when they book in for booked procedures. We are very professional in our dealings wit...
The challenges
We do not always get our patients to visit us on time when pre admitting, as there is so much info they need for the pending birth. Not being properly guided towards admitting timeously . Paper work...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Midwifery certified
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Midwifery
The good things
It is the most rewarding job and sometimes the saddest.It meets its meaning "to be with woman".never is one day the same and you get out of the career what you put in.You have the ability to empower w...
The challenges
Midwifery is a solid career that can take many direction and meet your needs either as a single or married status,it has unlimited scenarios.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Community Health Diploma and International Certified Lactation Consultant
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Primary health care
The good things
Within this role you use all your knowledge base learnt as a nurse, health education and health promotion. Additional skills of midwifery and lactation enable you to be more insightful of your care wi...
The challenges
There is no financial support or consideration of time required for ongoing study from employers. The qualifications are desired and your expertise wanted but rarely is there financial reward. The rew...
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of Science in Health and Community Care (Distinction)
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Labour ward
The good things
Spending time and caring for women and their families at such an important time in their lives is really rewarding. There is nothing better than seeing a new life begin.
The challenges
The pay is poor for the amount of work to become a midwife. Staffing shortages and a litigation culture also make the job very dishearting coupled with feeling devalued by management and employers.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Being a midwife means that I get to be with and assist people during one of the most challenging and amazing experiences of their lives. It is common in my role that it is my actions and skills that ...
The challenges
The role can be more physically demanding that you expect. Many hours on your feet with frequent lifting, bending etc. People can be difficult to attend to and even aggressive when giving birth and ...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate diploma of midwifery
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Midwifery
The good things
As a clinical midwifery consultant (CMC) I have the privilege to work with women daily across the areas of birthsuite, antenatal ward, postnatal ward & the birth centre. I have management responsibili...
The challenges
Managing difficult staff personalities to maximise team work.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Basic Certificate in Nursing and Midwifery
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Reproduction and Child Health, Labour Word.
The good things
First, I help people to save their life, preventing maternal death, and perinatal death. Providing vaccination to the children's.
The challenges
Environment is not good for working, no enough equipments for providing procedures.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Post grad in midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Midwifery
The good things
So rewarding being able to be with women through one of the most amazing experience and role they will endeavour in their life.
The challenges
Every women is different and every birth is unique so our job is diverse in ever way
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Ba nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Birthing, post natal and antenatal
The good things
I love my job! I help bring new life into the world. I am present at a very happy time of a family's life. I share my knowledge and expertise with these families which is extremely satisfying.
The challenges
The workload can be challenging as not many births are planned for a certain day. You can be extremely busy for days then nothing. Shift work is also a necessary part of the job. Also, Midwives help s...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of nursing/bachelor of midwifery
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
The job satisfaction and great feelings you have most days from being with families throughout their journey to create life.
The challenges
Challenges can be the time pressures and workload. As well as the emotional and stress impact of the job because you do take it home with you
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What are the job opportunities for Midwives?

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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
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Sydney > Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire
Employment Type: Permanent Full TimePosition Classification: Registered Midwife Midwifery Group PracticeHours Per Week: 387 Day Rotating...
Townsville Hospital and Health Service
Northern QLD
The Townsville Hospital and Health Service vision is one of excellence… to emerge the leader in health care, research and education for regio...
Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service
Gold Coast
Maternity Services are looking for two Clinical Midwives (Antenatal and Postnatal Community Clinic - Rotational) to join their team
Bendigo Health Care Group
Bendigo, Goldfields & Macedon Ranges
At Bendigo Health we provide the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of our patients, families and communities first.
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