In this course you'll learn to provide support and care for women and babies through pregnancy, birth and into the postnatal period. To prepare for the workplace, you will be required to complete extensive clinical placements. Some universities may also require you to undertake 'continuity of care' experiences. These experiences give you the opportunity to follow a group of women and their families from early pregnancy through to six weeks after the birth.
Entrance to a Bachelor of Midwifery is typically based on your past academic performance. This could be your results in Year 12 if you have recently finished your schooling, or any previous study in a Certificate, Diploma or other higher education course. Some universities may set their own selection criteria so it's best to check the exact requirements with the institution.
If you are interested in becoming a Midwife and you have already completed a Bachelor of Nursing, you may be able to complete a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery instead.
This qualification will prepare you to work as a Midwife. Successful completion is required if you want to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and work in the industry.
The final cost of this course will depend on a number of factors including your personal circumstances, previous experience and unit selections. Most universities will offer Commonwealth supported places (CSP), which means that for each unit you study, the government will cover a portion of your tuition. You will then pay the remainder either upfront or as part of a HECS-HELP loan. As a general guide, the total amount you might pay for this course could be around $20,000. To find the course price for you, it's best to contact the institution directly.