How to become a Midwife | Career Paths & Education | Open Universities Australia

How to become a midwife

Care for and advise expectant mothers during pregnancy, labour, childbirth, and the early days of the child's life.

Pathways to this career

Midwifery is challenging, yet extremely rewarding career. To become a midwife, you will need to:

  1. 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.
  2. Alternatively, students who have already completed a qualification in nursing can complete a postgraduate qualification in midwifery.
  3. 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

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