When you think about the role of a midwife, you will probably get one distinct image in your mind – that of a midwife delivering a baby. But while this is definitely a highlight, careers in midwifery have a lot more to them than that.
If you are interested in exploring this sector of the health industry in more detail, keep reading for more information on what you can expect.
Many midwives work in hospitals. But this is not the only location you will find them in. Careers in midwifery can also involve working for private hospitals. Many midwives also work in the community, visiting mums to be (and new mums and their babies) at home on a regular basis. Some general practices may also have the services of a midwife.
As you might imagine the tasks of a midwife are many and varied. While we think of them as assisting the mother in giving birth, there are many other duties that fit around this central event.
For example they will make sure that each pregnancy is progressing well and ensure the health of the mother and the baby is good. This will extend to after the birth as well as before it.
Most midwives are required to monitor the mother and baby for at least ten days after the birth has taken place. However it may be for longer depending on each individual situation.
Definitely – after all, we all know that newborn babies show up when they are ready to, and not before! You may end up working through the night on some occasions if a mum to be goes into labour.
Typically the working hours will be the standard 37.5 per week, but overtime is very likely in many cases. You will also have to be on call at various times, but this may depend on how long you have been a midwife and which role you fill. You may very often be constantly on call if the situation demands it.
Even if you are enjoying a day off you may be called in to work.
Just as with any other career, there are opportunities to develop your career once you are qualified and working as a midwife. For instance you might elect to become a consultant midwife, or to become a manager with responsibility for other people underneath you.
There are lots of options to consider, including specialising in a particular area of care with newborn babies.
Only you will be able to decide whether careers in midwifery are ideal for you. But there is no doubt that they are immensely rewarding, and the experience of helping to bring a newborn baby into the world is one that you will never forget.
Many women remember the midwife who helped them deliver their child, so you can have a big impact on many different lives.