Midwives are caring and understanding individuals, who
need to have a sensitive nature and be willing to look after
women from a range of social and ethnic backgrounds. Good
communication skills are essential in this career as is the need to
be flexible and work with different teams.
The role of a Midwife
The role of a midwife goes much further than delivering
babies. Although the birth itself is at the heart of the process,
midwives also provide support to women, babies, partners and
families from conception right through to the first phase of
post-natal care. A midwife is therefore the main contact for the
Maternity unit experience
You will get the chance to work in maternity units and
experience first hand the care needed to look after pregnant women
and their families. Opportunities exist for you to work in a number
of environments including hospital settings, GP Practices or in the
community. There are a host of learning opportunities, following
registration as a Midwife, and career paths that you will be able
Your course fees are currently paid for by the NHS meaning you
do not need to pay anything towards fees. You may also be eligible
for a means tested bursary whilst on the course.
As a registered midwife you will be able to practice within NHS
hospitals, in community settings or as an independant practitioner.
You may also pursue a career in management, research or
teaching. For more info go to NHS careers.
Want to become a midwife?
The courses are split between the theory and practical
skills needed to care for pregnant women, delivering babies,
educating and supporting parents. The courses
available involve experience in all aspects of midwifery
practice, both in community and hospital settings.
Want to return to Midwifery?
Previously qualified midwives can renew
their registration and re-enter the Register following a
break in practice. The Return to
Midwifery Practice course aims to meet the Nursing and
Midwifery Council’s (NMC) regulatory requirements for doing
Contraception and Sexual Health
and Sexual Health short course is a highly specialised course that
will enable you to demonstrate to employers and potential employers
your knowledge and skills relevant to working in contraception and
sexual health services.
Also available: Theory of
Contraception and Sexual Health module