What is Midwifery?

Midwifery is the support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.


  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Paediatric Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist

What skills do you need to work in Midwifery?

  • Interest in the process of pregnancy and birth
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good observation skills
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to remain calm and focused under pressure

Where do Midwifery professionals work?

Midwifery professionals work in a variety of settings including hospitals and health centres. They may also undertake visits to the patient’s home.

Typical work activities

  • Diagnosis and treatment of women before and after pregnancy
  • Assisting and supporting mothers during labour
  • Monitoring and recording patients well-being
  • Providing support, advice and reassurance
  • Liaising with other healthcare professionals
  • Educating and advising patients and family members

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