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Career profile: Midwife

Career profile: MidwifeThinking of becoming a midwife? Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train.

A what?

Midwives are responsible for delivering babies and providing advice and support to mothers both before and after she gives birth.

On the job

Midwives are often on the move all day. You may spend part of your time at a woman’s home helping her deal with post-natal depression before going on to delivering a baby in a hospital. You will also visit pregnant women in local clinics and in their homes where you will help prepare them for parenthood.

Course entry requirements

To work in the NHS, nurses must hold a degree in nursing, which leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), enabling them to practice as a nurse.

Entry requirements vary depending on the course and the institution, so check before applying. You will usually need around five GCSEs plus two A-levels (or Highers) for a degree programme.

What does the training involve?

Degree courses last three or four years, and lead to a BSc in Nursing.

All nursing degrees consist of common foundation programmes (CFP) usually for one year on full-time courses, before specialisation in the next two or three years of the course.

Part-time courses are provided by some universities and normally last for five or six years. They are available to staff working in the NHS – usually as an assistant or an associate practitioner with qualifications up to NVQ level 3 (or equivalent).

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(Information taken from NHS Careers)