Midwifery is an applied vocational and academic discipline practised in a variety of complex situations. Midwifery focuses on promoting health and helping women, families and groups to meet their health care needs. The work involves empowering women to make evidence-based, informed decision regarding their care in pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. Midwives work with women, and families in primary care, hospitals, and tertiary care centre settings. 

Midwives practise within a social, political and economic context. Through their Code of Professional Conduct, Midwives embrace the concepts of inclusion, equal opportunities, individual rights and empowerment of women and their families. Professional and patient/client autonomy is a key feature.  According to the NHS Change Model, which is driving the profession to build a culture of compassionate care across the NHS, Midwives need to possess the 6 Cs - Compassion, Courage, Competency, Commitment, Care and Communication in order to function as effective Midwives. The knowledge, understanding and associated skills that underpin the education and training of Midwives covers Midwifery, natural and life sciences, social, health and behavioural sciences, ethics, law and the humanities, the management of self and others' reflective practice and the application of all of these to midwifery care of women and their families. Pre-registration midwifery education consists of a programme defined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council Pre-registration midwifery standards (2009)


A graduate in midwifery will typically:

  • apply creative solutions to health care situations
  • confidently present information orally, in writing and through the use of technology, to provide coherent and logical arguments in the support of decision-making
  • engage in, and disengage from therapeutic relationships through the creative use of theories and skills, demonstrating ethical discernment and clinical judgement
  • use practical skills and knowledge with confidence and creativity
  • critically analyse and interpret data for care delivery and management
  • manage oneself, one's practice and that of others in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct, and critically evaluate own abilities and limitations
  • select and apply knowledge and skills to complex and unexpected situations
  • implement strategies to promote and evaluate partnership working
  • anticipate potential stressful situations and participate in minimising risk
  • demonstrate sound clinical judgement in a range of situations and critically evaluate the effectiveness of clinical judgement in a range of professional care contexts
  • participate in quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe environment

Prospects Broader skills: - gives a brief but effective summary of the strengths, attributes and skills that can be cultivated through midwifery and related programmes of study. It also encourages you to consider the skills developed through your other activities, such as paid work, volunteering, family responsibilities, sport, membership of societies, and leadership roles.


Midwifery graduates tend to find employment or go on to further study. There are options to work with women in different care settings or in specialist areas such as teenage pregnancy, diabetes specialist midwife, antenatal screening, community midwifery, perinatal mental health, safeguarding and substance misuse. You can also undertake further study to become a health visitor or a midwife ultrasonographer. The suggested links will direct you to high quality information on the range of careers available.

See Also: Finding and Applying for jobs in Midwifery

Further help 

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Monday, January 8, 2018 - 16:19