Midwives provide care, education, advice and support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth, and provide postnatal care to women and babies in the early weeks following birth.

Duties & Tasks

Midwives may perform the following tasks:

  • provide clinical midwifery care and support for women, their babies and their families
  • detect any complications that may develop for a mother or her baby
  • arrange appropriate consultations and referrals, and implement emergency measures when necessary
  • work as a part of a multidisciplinary team, liaising with other healthcare professionals to provide the best care for child-bearing women, their babies and families
  • observe, monitor, assess, report and document care provided to women and their babies, as well as their responses to treatment
  • administer medication to women and their babies as required
  • prepare women for operative birth and provide post-operative care
  • provide education and advice about health matters for women, their families and the wider community
  • answer questions and provide information to women and their families about treatment and care
  • contribute to the clinical training of midwifery, medical and other students
  • directly supervise other health professionals who may be involved in the care of women and their babies as required.


Midwifery Educator

A midwifery educator supports and teaches midwifery students; assists with the development, design, implementation and evaluation of midwifery education and professional development programmes; and manages educational resources.

Working Conditions

Midwives usually work to a rotating seven-day roster that includes morning, afternoon and night shifts, as well as weekends and public holidays. Alternatively, they may work in more flexible models of care that allow them to structure their working hours around the needs of the women for whom they care. They are often required to work on call.

Personal Requirements

  • good communication skills
  • able to assume responsibility and take leadership
  • able to take initiative in emergencies
  • able to work under pressure
  • tolerant and patient when dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job.

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