How to become a midwife
Helping to bring a new life into the world is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling careers you can embark on!
Imagine being there for some of the most important parts of a mothers life, guiding them through pregnancy, birth and aftercare of their little miracle!
There are about 27,000 midwives working in the UK today. This may seem like a lot, but even with the birth rate falling, the need for midwives has never been so pressing!
What is a midwife?
A midwife is a healthcare professional who cares for mothers and newborns throughout pregnancy, birth and after the birth. Midwifery can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s also a physically and emotionally demanding job, with a high level of responsibility.
Midwives care for women during what can be one of their most painful, stressful and life-changing experiences. So it’s important that you have the specific skills and character traits the job requires.
What does a midwife do?
Often, midwives will deliver babies, whether that’s in the hospital or at a homebirth. Their job roles will vary and it’s so much more than just helping a new mother deliver a baby.
They will be there to explain birthing options, giving advice on what’s best for the mother. They will also be there at every step of the pregnancy, checking the health of both the mother and the baby and giving health advice to the mother.
The role of a midwife is so varied!
How do I become a midwife?
There are many different routes into becoming a midwife. The main option is to achieve a degree in Midwifery. If you didn’t get the A Levels needed to get onto the course, you can take an Access to HE Diploma (health) which will prepare you perfectly for a degree in midwifery. Although midwifery courses are competitive, an Access to HE Diploma (health) sets you up perfectly. The modules in the course are more relevant towards a healthcare degree, meaning you learn the key skills needed for a degree in midwifery.
Whether you are looking to start a new career or you’re wanting to change your career completely, consider a career as a midwife and help bring life and happiness into the world!