Midwives provide advice, care, and support for women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, and the early postnatal period. You’ll help women to make their own decisions about the care and services they access and will provide health education and parenting advice until care is transferred to a health visitor.

You’re personally responsible for the health of both mother and child and will only refer to obstetricians if there are medical complications. Work is carried out in multidisciplinary teams in both hospitals and, increasingly, community healthcare settings.


To practice as a midwife in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). To become registered, you’ll need to have completed an approved pre-registration midwifery programme, which lasts three years full time. Half of the course is spent studying at university, while the other half is based in practical placements to provide you with hands-on experience.

Part-time courses are available to those who are working in a relevant role and usually take five to six years. If you’re already a qualified nurse, you can take a midwifery short programme, which allows you to qualify sooner than the three-year course.

Employment with us will be subject to satisfactory health clearance and a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

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