Midwives work with expectant mothers during pregnancy, labour, childbirth, and the early days of a childs life. They provide the mother with care and advice through all stages of pregnancy and the beginning of the child's life.

Duties and tasks

  • Advising on nutrition, childcare, and other related questions after the birth has happened
  • Assisting in delivery
  • Helping to manage the pregnancy and birth
  • Monitoring the condition of the mother throughout pregnancy and providing advice and adjustments in routine as needed
  • Providing advice to mothers and partners throughout the pregnancy
  • Supporting mothers during pre-natal and postnatal periods

Skills required

  • Ability to perceive when others are in need of help
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Open and empathetic manner
  • Oral communication skills

Working conditions

Midwives may work in private homes, clinics, or in hospitals. They may also work in non-medical facilities like community centre's or private businesses.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian College of Midwives 

Australian Nursing Federation 

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Child Care Supervisor
  • Community Midwife
  • Health Information Manager
  • Midwifery Educator
  • Midwifery Researcher
  • Midwifery Unit Manager
  • Nurse - Enrolled
  • Nurse - Registered
  • Social Worker

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