The role of a midwife is to provide care for pregnant women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and the early stages of the postnatal period when the child is a newborn. A rewarding, but also challenging role, a midwife works closely with the family to ensure that the services and options available during pregnancy and delivery are inclusive of the preferences, views and well-being of the mothers and babies.
As a midwife, you’ll be responsible for the health of the mother and baby, making referrals to the obstetrician if necessary. The role can include working both in a community healthcare environment and in a hospital too.
The job description of a midwife is to prepare women during pregnancy for delivery and to help them maintain good health during pregnancy. Some of the responsibilities of a midwife include;
To qualify for a midwifery job you’ll need to be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK or the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) in Ireland. You’ll need to complete an approved midwifery degree course or degree apprenticeship. Or, if you’re already registered as a nurse, you can apply for a shorter 18-month midwifery programme.
The entry requirements vary for undergraduate courses in midwifery. However, usually, you’ll need at least three A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications in the UK. In Ireland you’ll need at least 6 subjects as part of the leaving certification, with 2 subjects at a minimum of H5 and 4 subjects at a minimum of H6 or H7 with English and Irish a requirement for all programmes. Learn more about a midwife’s job requirements to work with The Guild.
Yes, as a midwife you’ll be required to work some weekends. Permanent midwifery full-time hours will be around 37.5 hours per week and this can include weekends and bank holidays. Your shift patterns could also be a mixture of day shifts and night shifts. At The Guild, our midwives choose when and where they work, meaning you’ll have access to a more flexible work pattern by joining our agency.
A midwife’s salary starts at £25,655 for a newly qualified midwife working in the NHS. After becoming more experienced you can progress to a Band 6 position which starts from £32,306. Midwifery jobs can go up to a Band 8b – 8c which ranges from £54,764 to £75,874 for the most experienced consulting positions. In Ireland salaries for midwives start at €38,181 whereas the most experienced midwives could earn as much as €58,711.
Here at The Guild we pay our midwives an excellent rate of pay calculated based on grades, location, specialism and experience. View the pay rates for an agency midwife with The Guild.
If you’re interested in becoming a midwife or looking for an agency midwife job, The Guild has a wide range of midwifery shifts in a variety of locations across the UK and Ireland. We also provide full training, development and competitive pay opportunities. Midwives registered with The Guild also get their NMC or NMBI fees paid by us. To become a midwife with The Guild, register online or find out more by contacting our friendly team today!
Looking at registering as an agency midwife in Scotland? This November we’ll be attending the Scotland 2022 Maternity and Midwifery Festival at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. So, if you’re thinking of joining The Guild or just want some more information, our team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about working as a midwife with The Guild.
Scotland 2022 Maternity & Midwifery Festival: 8.45-16.30 Tuesday 29th November 2022, Murrayfield Stadium, Roseburn Street Edinburgh, EH12 5PJ.
We hope to see you there!