When thinking about being a midwife , you may think about cuddling babies, eating cake and riding around town on a bike with a freshly starched hat (we love Call the Midwife too!). But nowadays being a midwife comes with even wider caring and educational responsibilities. You also need resilience and stamina for long and varied shift patterns, whilst having to maintain a friendly, calming nature, however tired or pressured you may be.
As midwife you will be the main contact for pregnant women during pregnancy, labour and postnatal time.
As a midwife you will support, educate and prepare women and their families for parenthood. You will offer antenatal classes to discuss labour, pain relief, breastfeeding and life after birth. You will tailor the education style women depending on needs of the individual which may include signposting to specific groups or one-to-one education in the woman’s home
You will advise women on their health, detect complications, refer to other healthcare professionals and promote normal birth.
You will care for diverse groups of women including teenagers, socially excluded, vulnerable and those with complications during their pregnancy.
You will need to be able to risk assess, refer, document and multitask while viewing pregnancy as a normal life event.
You will be an advocate for pregnant women so they are aware of choices and services available to them.
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