How to become a midwife
Pathways to this career
Midwifery is challenging, yet extremely rewarding career. To become a midwife, you will need to:
- Complete a bachelor degree in midwifery. These courses are generally three years in duration. Most universities will require a high school certificate and completion of prerequisite subjects to gain entry into these courses.
- Alternatively, students who have already completed a qualification in nursing can complete a postgraduate qualification in midwifery.
- Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board (AHPRA) to practice in Australia.
What does a midwife do?
Duties and tasks
- Advise on nutrition, childcare, and other related questions after the birth has happened
- Assist delivering babies
- Help to manage the pregnancy and birth
- Monitor the condition of the mother throughout pregnancy and providing advice and adjustments in routine as needed
- Provide advice and support mothers during pre-natal and postnatal periods
- Australian College of Midwives
- Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
- Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
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