Midwife | Selby College
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Midwives support pregnant women and their babies before, during and after, childbirth.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £44,503

Employment by 2024


Working hours

35 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of medicine and neonatal care
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

In this role you could:

  • give pregnant women advice on issues like healthy eating
  • explain options like giving birth in hospital or at home
  • run classes about pregnancy (antenatal) and parenting
  • check the health of mother and baby during pregnancy
  • check progress when labour starts
  • monitor the baby during labour
  • give pain relief or advising on ways to manage pain
  • deliver the baby
  • call a doctor if you notice any problems

After the baby's born, you'll:

give advice to families on caring for their baby; visit people's homes to check on mother and baby

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a client's home, at a health centre, at a GP practice or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You must renew your Nursing & Midwifery Council registration every 3 years to show you're keeping your skills up to date.

You could take further training to specialise in areas like ultrasound or neonatal care.

With experience, you could become a ward manager or team leader.

You could also train to become a health visitor, a director of midwifery or midwifery consultant.

You can find more on how to become a midwife from the Royal College of Midwives and Health Careers.

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