How To Become A Midwife


The Job

Midwifes are responsible for the health and wellbeing of both mother and child before, during and after childbirth.

Once the baby is born, midwifes continue to provide advice and support on such things as feeding and caring for the new born baby.

As a midwife, you could work in a hospital or in the community. Some midwifes choose to specialise in home and natural births.

Midwifes need to be calm, caring and compassionate. You should be a good communicator, respectful, 'emotionally literate' and have the ability to inspire trust and confidence.

Annual Salary

Midwife Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - 6

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors Degree in Midwifery

Other Qualifications Needed

In order to practise, registered midwifes must meet the National Midwifery Council's (NMC) post-registration education and practice (PREP) standards. Requirements of PREP include undertaking 35 hours of additional training and at least 450 hours of professional practice over a three year period.

Midwifes must also agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formally CRB).

Average Working Hours Per Week = Average 40 Hours a week


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

3-4 Years

What Next/Career Development

With additional training and experience, midwives can go on to become ward managers, team leaders or consultants (a consultant's role will involve achieving a Masters Degree or PhD).

Some midwifes take additional training so that they can work in a specialist area, such as ultrasound or neonatal care (for new-born babies who are born sick or premature).

Facts And Figures

All midwives practising in the UK must be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council.
(Source: Nursing Midwifery Council)

There are currently 35,000 practising midwifes in the UK.
(Source: Nursing Midwifery Council)

729,674 babies were born in England and Wales in 2012.
(Source: Office for National Statistics)