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.
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.
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.