What is a Midwife?

Midwives provide care and support to women and their families while pregnant, throughout labour and during the period after a baby’s birth.

Midwives are experts and have many different responsibilities. You will be the lead health professional for a woman during normal childbirth; often their main point of contact, provide information, choices and support about the options available throughout the women’s pregnancy enabling the women to make informed choices. You will provide full antenatal care, including preparation for parenthood, clinical examinations and screening, identify women with high-risk pregnancies, monitor women and support them during labour and the birthing process. In your role as a midwife you will also teach new and expectant mothers how to feed, care for and bathe their babies before handing over their ongoing care to a health visitor between ten days and one month after the baby’s birth.

However you will not be alone as a midwife you will work with a multi-professional team which includes gynecologists’ (doctors), GPs, health visitors, neonatal nurses and maternity support workers.

You will find Midwifes not only in the hospital setting but in the community at GP surgeries. Antenatal care in the community can be provided in women’s homes, local clinics, children’s centres and GP surgeries. As well as at hospitals where you may work assessment areas, high and low risk labour, postnatal wards and neonatal units. Care during labour can be provided in a mother’s home, as well as midwifery led maternity units.