Midwives support women and their families through pregnancy and labour and in the time immediately after birth. They work in a range of settings, including hospitals, midwifery-led maternity units and expectant mothers'
homes, and are part of a team of professional and medical staff that includes doctors, social workers, neonatal nurses and health visitors.
They may be assisted by maternity support workers and be responsible for supervising them.
Typical duties include :
examining and monitoring pregnant women
assessing care requirements and writing care plans
undertaking antenatal care in hospitals, homes and GP practices
carrying out screening tests
providing information, emotional support and reassurance to women and their partners
taking patient samples, pulses, temperatures and blood pressures
caring for and assisting women in labour
monitoring and administering medication, injections and intravenous infusions during labour
monitoring the foetus during labour
advising about and supporting parents in the daily care of their newborn babies
helping parents to cope with miscarriage, termination, stillbirth and neonatal death
tutoring student midwives
identifying high-risk pregnancies