Midwife

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Midwives support pregnant women and their babies before, during and after, childbirth.

Salary range: £24,214 to £43,772

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How to become a midwife

You can get into this job through:

  • a university degree
  • an apprenticeship
  • a specialist course run by a professional body
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University

You can do a degree in midwifery, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Full-time courses take 3 years.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, or a level 3 diploma or access to higher education in health, science or nursing

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Apprenticeship

You can do a midwife degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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Other routes

If you’re a registered adult nurse you may be able to qualify through a conversion course. These usually take between 18 and 24 months.

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Registration

Career tips

Previous paid or unpaid experience of working in a caring role would be useful. You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator or manager at your local NHS trust for further advice about opportunities.

Further information

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

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • 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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • giving pregnant women advice on issues like healthy eating
  • explaining options like giving birth in hospital or at home
  • running classes about pregnancy (antenatal) and parenting
  • checking the health of mother and baby during pregnancy
  • checking progress when labour starts
  • monitoring the baby during labour
  • giving pain relief or advising on ways to manage pain
  • delivering the baby
  • calling 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

Working environment

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 may need to wear a uniform.

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Career path and progression

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.