MIDWIVES play an important role in bringing new life into the world.
Midwifery covers many aspects of support during pregnancy – but how much does a midwife earn? Here’s everything you need to know.
How much does a midwife earn?
According to the National Careers Service, a midwife’s salary varies depending on their level of experience.
Those new to the profession can expect to earn around £27,055 a year.
While those with more experience will bring in around £47,672 a year.
What does a midwife do?
Midwives accompany pregnant women and their babies before, during and after childbirth.
And no day is the same – midwives can work in a client’s home, in a health centre, in a GP practice or in an NHS or private hospital.
Before delivery, it is the job of a midwife to counsel pregnant women and ensure that those who are expecting and their babies are healthy.
They also run classes to help manage pregnancy and learn more about parenthood.
When it’s time to deliver, a midwife manages labour, advises mothers on ways to manage pain and ensures the baby is delivered safely.
But their work doesn’t stop there – once a baby is born, a midwife will then continue to provide support after the pregnancy.
They will advise the parents once the baby is born and make home visits.
How to become a midwife?
There are three different paths you can follow to become a qualified midwife.
The first is to obtain a university degree approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
If you already have a degree that is not in midwifery, you can take a postgraduate midwifery course to become a midwife.
To be accepted into the university of your choice, you will usually need the following entry requirements.
- Five GCSEs from Years 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, Maths and Science
- Two or three Bac levels, including a scientist, or a level 3 diploma or access to higher education in health, science or nursing
- A degree in a subject relevant for postgraduate study
However, the practice of midwifery is not only accessible by a diploma.
You can also obtain the necessary accreditation through an apprenticeship.
It usually takes 48 months and includes on-the-job learning and study at an accredited university.
You will generally need the following entry requirements:
- Four or five GCSEs from Years 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A Levels, or equivalent, for degree learning
If you are an adult registered nurse, you may be able to take a conversion course to become a midwife – this usually takes between 18 and 24 months.