- 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.