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 familiesdetect any complications that may develop for a mother or her babyarrange appropriate consultations and referrals, and implement emergency measures when necessarywork as a part of a multidisciplinary team, liaising with other healthcare professionals to provide the best care for child-bearing women, their babies and familiesobserve, monitor, assess, report and document care provided to women and their babies, as well as their responses to treatmentadminister medication to women and their babies as requiredprepare women for operative birth and provide post-operative careprovide education and advice about health matters for women, their families and the wider communityanswer questions and provide information to women and their families about treatment and carecontribute to the clinical training of midwifery, medical and other studentsdirectly 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.