Midwifery placements

As a midwifery student you’ll undertake placements in all three years of your course. The placements introduce you to the work of a midwife in a variety of settings.

You’ll get involved in the delivery of antenatal (during pregnancy), intrapartum (during labour and birth) and postnatal (after birth) care to the woman and her family. Not all women will have uncomplicated pregnancies and births; thus you’ll experience the multidisciplinary working of different members of the maternity services, such as obstetricians, paediatricians, physicians and physiotherapists.

As you move through the three years there will be an increasing shift from being a directly supervised student to working with indirect supervision. This will match the increasing amount of knowledge and experience that you’ll have gained.

In each year you’ll undertake three main placements (one for each academic trimester).



  • Rosie Maternity Hospital
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital
  • Huntingdon and Peterborough City Hospital
  • Peterborough North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust


  • Basildon
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Harlow
  • Southend


  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust

These maternity units also have a related community area that includes both urban and rural placements.

Your placements will be based at the maternity unit within the main hospital and in Essex can involve travelling to a Birthing Unit that is in a different geographical location to the main Maternity Unit. Community Midwives aren’t generally based at the main maternity unit; they often work from GP surgeries or Children’s Centres. This can make travelling more challenging. Parking may also be limited at some venues.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you can travel to all your placement locations and cover the cost of your travel expenses. Whilst we make every effort to ensure that your placement is within a reasonable travelling distance and time, some placement areas do cover wider geographical areas and there may be a requirement to travel between different hospitals within the same trust.

You may consider that it is more practical to have your accommodation closer to your main maternity unit placement as during your placements you’ll be expected to work shifts involving days, weekends and nights. This is because the maternity service operates 24 hours per day. Should you choose to have accommodation nearer to the University there may be an option of booking temporary accommodation close to your placement area to reduce the travelling time when you have two or three shifts in a row; this accommodation may be at the hospital or you may consider budget hotel-like accommodation. Any accommodation costs need to be met by the student.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3