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What does a midwife do?

Have you ever wondered, 'what does a midwife do?'. Playing a vital role in our healthcare system, midwives monitor the health and wellbeing of women and their babies during and after pregnancy. Midwives educate parents on healthy lifestyle choices, assist during labour and birth, and continue to monitor the mother and baby’s health through postpartum care. Working as a registered midwife can also involve collaborating with other health care professionals such as obstetricians and paediatricians, as well as advocating for the rights of women during childbirth. After becoming a midwife you might be based at a hospital, birth centre, or be required to travel to home births.

Is a career as a midwife right for me?

If you’re a compassionate person with an interest in women’s health, you might enjoy a becoming a midwife. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • strong communication skills 
  • an empathetic and intuitive nature
  • the ability to assume responsibility and take charge of situations
  • the ability to take initiative and remain calm in emergencies
  • a strong stomach for medical situations 
  • a tolerant and patient temperament
  • the ability to work individually or as part of a team.

How to become a midwife

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to a career in midwifery. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of midwifery:
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Last updated May 2024.

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