Midwives have always been present in births throughout the ages, assisting mothers and their babies, and we are very happy to support the National Health System in the UK, with the recruitment of these great professionals. We went to learn more about the important role of midwives in the UK, and their professional setting.
In the UK, Midwifery is regulated as a distinct profession. Midwives are extremely respected because they are seen as a vital contribution to the quality and safety of maternity care. They do an incredible work throughout the UK, bringing choice to women and supporting them and their babies before, during and after childbirth. Midwifery is seen as a profession that defends women’s rights. The word midwife actually means “with woman”. They work in partnership with women, enabling their views, preferences, and decisions, and helping to strengthen their capabilities.
As a distinct profession, Midwifery as its own standards of proficiency and part of The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. Also, the title of ‘midwife’ is protected in law and there is a protected legal function associated with this title, in the UK. As a midwife, you're responsible for the health of both mother and child and will only refer to obstetricians if there are medical complications. It is part of the role of midwifery:
- Provide full antenatal care, including parenting classes, clinical examinations and screening
- Identify high-risk pregnancies
- Monitor women and support them during labour and the birthing process
- Teach new and expectant mothers how to feed and take care of their babies.
The best midwives are caring, kind, understanding and confident, dealing with people. So, there’s far more to midwifery than delivering babies. In the UK, it really is a job for those who understand and love the miracle of birth, and respect women's rights and choices.
Are you a Midwife looking for a new challenge? Vitae Professionals is looking for passionate and enthusiastic midwives to join one of the largest hospitals, in the Eastern region of the UK. You can find more information here.