The day to day role of a Midwife
The day to day role of a Midwife
You’ll have heard the expression that “no one day is the same as the next”. Well, that certainly applies to the role of a Midwife.
It’s a rewarding career choice and one that brings with it many joys and challenges. Midwives are a special lot, and they get to be present when the miracle of life happens. But that’s not to say they don’t have to work tremendously hard and deal with some traumatic and even distressing situations.
The actual detail of the day to day role of a midwife depends on which speciality or department you end up in, when you complete your training.
Labour Ward Midwife
Larger or speciality hospitals have Mother and Baby units or specific wards that provide medical facilities and regular clinics.
A midwife based there would provide pre-birth checks and support. This can mean preparing for any potential medical complications or simply managing the expectations of the parents.
Talking is a big part of the job for any type of midwife, communicating effectively with the parents will make the journey to parenthood smoother. Managing their anxiety is also a big part of the job.
A Labour Ward Midwife would then oversee the birth, when the big day arrives. This is the part of the job role likely to bring you an adrenalin rush throughout your entire career.
You will work with doctors – and if necessary theatre personnel – to help mothers and their partners through labour. Then of course, you will help make sure that baby receives all the medical support and care they need in those crucial first hours.
The day to day role of a midwife on a labour ward will also sometimes involve helping with Caesarean or complex births. And you may also be called on to help grieving parents after a birth ends in tragedy.
Day Unit Midwife
Some hospitals offer smaller units that enable women to give birth and return home the same day. This would tend to be used for straightforward labours. But that’s not to say your role won’t be tough and exacting!
You will need to support mothers – and their partners – through their concerns. You will constantly monitor the health of mother and baby, prioritising and being ready to call in additional support as needed.
Births are not always easy to predict, so the midwife’s role on a day unit would include triage. This ensures timely and well organised medical coordination.
Birth centre Midwife
The range of options available for giving birth is now much wider in Australia. There are speciality facilities that provide opportunities for water births for example. A midwife’s role there would be much the same as in a hospital setting.
Pre-birth, this would involve discussing preferences and managing expectations, as well as monitoring health. Then you would support mother and baby through labour, with both medical intervention and reassuring care.
The day to day role of a midwife working out in the community is no less demanding and requires a similar skill set and attitude.
You are likely to have a large area to cover, visiting new mothers and their infants post birth. You will also help to provide home births.
The duties and responsibilities of a Community Midwife also include checking on such things as the weight and status of newborn infants, looking for signs of such things as jaundice or failure to thrive.
You will have a well-stocked vehicle to back you up, and the pleasure of seeing families who want to share the joys of everyday parenting with you.
Each role clearly has its own joys and demands, and many qualified Midwives move between the above options over the course of their career. If you are seeking a new challenge in your career, please check the latest vacancies on MedHire Job Search Engine.