Midwives support pregnant women and their babies before, during and after, childbirth.

Average salary (a year)

£23,023 Starter


£43,041 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a Midwife

You can get into this job through:

  • a university degree
  • a conversion course if you're a registered adult nurse


You'll study for a degree in midwifery.

Full-time courses usually take 3 years.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

More information

Other routes

If you're a registered adult nurse you may be able to qualify through a conversion course. These usually take between 18 and 24 months.

More information


Career tips

Previous experience (paid or unpaid) of working in a caring role would be useful. You could contact the voluntary services coordinator or manager at your local NHS trust for further advice. Visit NHS for a list of NHS trusts.

Further information

The Royal College of Midwives and Health Careers have more information about midwifery.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • giving pregnant women advice on issues like healthy eating
  • explaining options like giving birth in hospital or at home
  • running classes about pregnancy (antenatal) and parenting
  • checking the health of mother and baby during pregnancy
  • checking progress when labour starts
  • monitoring the baby during labour
  • giving pain relief or advising on ways to manage pain
  • delivering the baby
  • calling a doctor if you notice any problems
After the baby's born, you'll:
  • give advice to families on caring for their baby
  • visit people's homes to check on mother and baby

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, at a health centre, at a GP practice or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

You must renew your Nursing & Midwifery Council registration every 3 years to show you're keeping your skills up to date.

You could take further training to specialise in areas like ultrasound or neonatal care.

With experience, you could become a ward manager or team leader.

You could also train to become a health visitor, a director of midwifery or midwifery consultant.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Midwife right now.

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Courses In England

Access to Midwifery

  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • Location: Dudley

Access to Midwifery Level 3

  • Provider: Kensington and Chelsea College
  • Start date: 12 September 2019
  • Location: London

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