Nurse Midwife Career Guide
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A nurse midwife is responsible for all things baby related. They work to expecting women, and their families, through pregnancy, labour and provide support in the aftermath. They are incredibly necessary and important healthcare professionals because they play an instrumental role in ensuring that ladies, and their babies, receive the quality care they need.
Typical duties of a midwife include examining and monitoring pregnant ladies, writing care plans, monitoring babies during labour, advising and supporting parents about how to care for their new-borns and providing emotional support for miscarriages, terminations, stillbirths and neonatal deaths. They tend to work as part of large medical teams in a range of settings, including hospitals, maternity united and mothers? homes.
As babies are not born in typical business hours this therefore means that midwives are required to work around the clock. Due to this, the hours that midwives work, especially those that work on delivery wards, are often long and antisocial. Midwives may also experience fatigue due to these long hours and can experience emotional exhaustion when things don?t go according to plan.
However, despite the negatives, most midwifes absolutely love their job. The advantages of a career in midwifery are that you constantly get to meet new people and guide them through the most exciting, and scary, experience of their life. No two days are the same as a midwife and you will regularly get to meet new mothers and experience different kinds of deliveries. You will work as part of a team, which often provides a wonderful, supportive and cohesive working environment. Finally, midwifery offers a vast range of development and progression opportunities that are suitable for everyone.
So, if you?re someone who loves babies (trust me, this really is a must), who works well under pressure, who has good interpersonal skills, wants to work in a wide variety of settings, is organised and a good communicator, then we really think you should look into a career as a midwife.
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