Wherever you choose to work as a qualified midwife every day will be different and challenging!
You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team with doctors, nurses, theatre practitioners, dieticians, physiotherapists and other health care professionals.
Becoming a midwife is much more than simply delivering babies. It is about developing a relationship with women and their families at a special time in their lives. Women may feel vulnerable and nervous so the midwife must be able to put them at ease and support their decisions for pregnancy, labour and birth.
Midwives must therefore have exceptional communication and team working skills. They need to be empathetic and quick to react in emergency situations.
Top Tip: Be prepared for the emotional impact of birth, both on the baby's family and the staff involved.
Midwifery is the only profession that focuses solely on the care of pregnant women and their families throughout the whole of the childbearing experience, from pre- conception, pregnancy and labour to the early stages of parenthood. It’s a very privileged role. You may be celebrating the birth of a child one day, and supporting a mother with the loss of her baby the next. It is a career which brings a huge degree of responsibility – but also a huge amount of job satisfaction.
When you graduate from our BSc (Hons) Midwifery or our BSc (Hons) Midwifery (shortened) programmes at UEA, you will be equipped with the clinical knowledge and skills to excel as a midwife. You will also have graduated from one of the best schools of health in the UK, and be ready to embark upon an exciting career.
Following your graduation, you will need to register with your professional body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and gain clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Once registered, you will be eligible to work as a midwife in the UK and overseas.
After initial training, many midwives choose to specialise in caring for women with specific medical conditions such as diabetes or choose to work with vulnerable or disadvantaged women and their families. You could also specialise in areas such as breast-feeding counselling or smoking cessation. Midwives are autonomous practitioners and may work independently of the NHS.
Once you have qualified as a midwife there are a range of opportunities to progress your career. You may choose to stay in the clinical setting and specialise in a field or become a consultant midwife, you could become a clinical educator or move into clinical research.
As part of their professional registration midwives are required to maintain a portfolio to demonstrate that they are keeping their skills and knowledge up to date with annual CPD (continuing professional development).
What would my starting salary be?
Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change pay scales and, as a recently graduated midwife you will start at Band 5. Pay and conditions will vary depending upon your employer and competitive rates are offered throughout the private and voluntary sectors. You should always check with the employer to confirm the pay rate for any post for which you are applying.
What hours would I be working?
37.5 hours per week are standard and many areas require you to do shifts pattern involving evenings, nights, early starts, weekends and bank holidays.
Where could I work?
As a registered midwife you may work in the NHS, armed forces, education, research, charities or private practice in the UK or overseas.
You may work in the community, hospital wards and departments, clinics, GP surgeries, radiology departments, antenatal and postnatal and labour wards, foetal medicine and day assessment units.
- MSc Advanced Professional Practice
- Continuing Professional Development – Mentor preparation for practice, Neonatal and infant Physical Examination, Advanced Clinical Assessment, Non-Medical Prescribing.
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