Midwife

Midwife

Give support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period

Employed by the NHS or within the private sector, shift work is common for a midwife, including working weekends, nights and on-call to provide 24-hour care. As a midwife, you’ll be the first and main contact for a pregnant woman, her partner and family, as the lead co-ordinator of care. An expert in normal physiological birth, you’ll support the woman through all birth outcomes, including preventative measures, the detection of complications, accessing medical care and carrying out any emergency measures, seeking appropriate support if needed. You’ll offer information, guidance and support around issues such as stillbirth, miscarriage, termination, neonatal death or other complications. Following birth midwives offer support for infant feeding and postnatal care and may refer the woman to other services if needed. In your daily work, you’ll interact with women and families from a range of backgrounds so will need to have excellent communication skills to support the woman, her partner and family through the emotional, physical and psychological process of childbirth. Midwives are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) so you’ll be responsible for your own practice and for keeping up to date with current knowledge and skills.

 

Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or experience. Apprentice will also need to meet the entry requirements set by the university and the NMC.

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

Find out more: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk