How do I become a midwife?
“When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that can’t be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth doesn’t happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women’ – Ina May Gaskin
The role of a midwife is very diverse and is more than just delivering babies. As a midwife you will be the first point of contact for a woman and her family during her pregnancy, birth and during the postnatal period. As a midwife you are responsible for carrying out clinical examinations, provide health and parent education support and also work in partnership with other health and social services to meet the individual needs of the family.
In order to become a qualified midwife you need to attend an approved midwifery course, which requires that you will need to undertake a degree that is no less than three years. Each university sets its own entry requirements to gain entry to a full time midwifery degree, but as a general guide you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s graded A- C (Including English and Science) and at least 2 A- Levels, or the equivalent qualifications such as GNVQ’s.
There is no legal minimum age requirement or upper age limit for entry onto pre-registration midwifery programmes.
How can I make my application stand out? To make your application stand out you will need to have a good amount of knowledge and understanding of the role you are applying for and One to One recommend looking into the following:
- Seek out voluntary opportunities at the local acute trusts or contact One to One Midwives to see what voluntary opportunities we have available in your area.
- Attend open days and open evenings at the university you wish to apply to and find out what they are looking for, talk to other students and gain an understanding of the work load involved
- Seek out voluntary opportunities with the NCT
- Read as much as possible
- Look at the following websites:
How do I prepare for a university interview?