What midwives don't do

Chloe Bagnall

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Midwifery
Category: Nursing and midwifery

2 May 2017

Ever watched One Born Every Minute? Think midwifery is about drinking tea and cuddling babies? Think again! (But it's still the best career in the world...)

Midwifery is about being an advocate for women, and working as an autonomous practitioner to achieve the best outcome for the woman and her baby. Care is a key component but without compassion, team work and excellent communication skills the quality of care provided will be jeopardised.

To embark on a midwifery degree, you need a certain level of team work, management and communication skills to apply, pass the interview and survive your first term as a student midwife. However, these skills continuously develop over the course and allow you to act appropriately in the clinical environment, for example in emergencies.

Meanwhile, the theory learnt on the course gives you an insight in the skills required in placement. Once out in the placement area, your skills are enhanced along with your confidence. An example of this is skills lab sessions where things such as catheterisation and basic life support are learnt.

For someone thinking about this course, I’d say gain work experience or do voluntary work in a maternity environment to realise the true roles and responsibilities of midwives. Reading is essential to enhance your knowledge of midwifery and a clear understanding of the job. Often it is thought that midwifery is about babies; but prospective students who are interested in babies could in fact consider child nursing or becoming a nursery nurse.

If I could say one thing to someone considering a career in midwifery, I’d say: do it! Midwifery is the best career in the world.


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