Medical

Midwife

Midwives support pregnant women and their babies before, during and after, childbirth.

Annual Salary

£24,907 to £44,503

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • give pregnant women advice on issues like healthy eating
  • explain options like giving birth in hospital or at home
  • run classes about pregnancy (antenatal) and parenting
  • check the health of mother and baby during pregnancy
  • check progress when labour starts
  • monitor the baby during labour
  • give pain relief or advising on ways to manage pain
  • deliver the baby
  • call a doctor if you notice any problems

After the baby's born, you'll:

give advice to families on caring for their baby; visit people's homes to check on mother and baby

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a client's home, at a health centre, at a GP practice or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university degree
  • an apprenticeship
  • a specialist course run by a professional body
University

You can do a degree in midwifery, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Full-time courses take 3 years.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, or a level 3 diploma or access to higher education in health, science or nursing
For more information
Apprenticeship

You can do a midwife degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
For more information
Other routes

If you're a registered adult nurse you may be able to qualify through a conversion course. These usually take between 18 and 24 months.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Career tips

Previous paid or unpaid experience of working in a caring role would be useful. You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator or manager at your local NHS trust for further advice about opportunities.

Further information

You can find more on how to become a midwife from the Royal College of Midwives and Health Careers.

You must renew your Nursing & Midwifery Council registration every 3 years to show you're keeping your skills up to date.

You could take further training to specialise in areas like ultrasound or neonatal care.

With experience, you could become a ward manager or team leader.

You could also train to become a health visitor, a director of midwifery or midwifery consultant.

You can find more on how to become a midwife from the Royal College of Midwives and Health Careers.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has information on midwifery training and registration.


Video stories related to this job

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and neonatal care
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
My top 5 skills from the skills bank
Please sign in to compare your skills to this job. Sign in

To save or view your choices and results you must sign in or register (takes 1 minute).

Sign in Register