Midwives

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

2500+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

Common job titles of Midwives include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 27.07% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 19.83% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

Tasks

    Conduct ongoing prenatal health assessments, tracking changes in physical and emotional health.

    Develop, implement, or evaluate individualized plans for midwifery care.

    Provide information about the physical and emotional processes involved in the pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum periods.

    Monitor fetal growth and well-being through heartbeat detection, body measurement, and palpation.

    Maintain documentation of all patients' contacts, reviewing and updating records as necessary.

    Treat patients' symptoms with alternative health care methods such as herbs or hydrotherapy.

    Recommend the use of vitamin and mineral supplements to enhance the health of patients and children.

    Provide postpartum patients with contraceptive and family planning information.

    Counsel women regarding the nutritional requirements of pregnancy.

    Test patients' hemoglobin, hematocrit, and blood glucose levels.

    Refer patients to specialists for procedures such as ultrasounds or biophysical profiles.

    Perform post-partum health assessments of mothers and babies at regular intervals.

    Obtain complete health and medical histories from patients including medical, surgical, reproductive, or mental health histories.

    Inform patients of how to prepare and supply birth sites.

    Evaluate patients' laboratory and medical records, requesting assistance from other practitioners when necessary.

    Estimate patients' due dates and re-evaluate as necessary based on examination results.

    Collect specimens for use in laboratory tests.

    Assess birthing environments to ensure cleanliness, safety, and the availability of appropriate supplies.

    Provide comfort and relaxation measures for mothers in labor through interventions such as massage, breathing techniques, hydrotherapy, or music.

    Monitor maternal condition during labor by checking vital signs, monitoring uterine contractions, or performing physical examinations.

    Assist maternal patients to find physical positions that will facilitate childbirth.

    Provide information about community health and social resources.

    Incorporate research findings into practice as appropriate.

    Complete birth certificates.

    Suture perineal lacerations.

    Provide, or refer patients to other providers for, education or counseling on topics such as genetic testing, newborn care, contraception, or breastfeeding.

    Provide necessary medical care for infants at birth, including emergency care such as resuscitation.

    Identify, monitor, or treat pregnancy-related problems such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, pre-term labor, or retarded fetal growth.

    Establish and follow emergency or contingency plans for mothers and newborns.

    Assess the status of post-date pregnancies to determine treatments and interventions.

    Set up or monitor the administration of oxygen or medications.

    Compile and evaluate clinical practice statistics.

    Respond to breech birth presentations by applying methods such as exercises or external version.

    Collaborate in research studies.

    Identify tubal and ectopic pregnancies and refer patients for treatments.

Tools

Vaginal exam specula

Urinary catheters

Urinalysis test strips

Umbilical cord scissors

Umbilical cord clamps

Ultrasound imaging scanners

Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS units

All Tools

Therapeutic hot packs

Therapeutic cold packs

Suture kits

Surgical tissue forceps

Surgical scissors

Straight needle holders

Sterile blood lancets

Reflex hammers

Personal computers

Oxygen delivery masks

Oxygen cylinders

Nasal syringes

Mosquito forceps

Medical scales

Medical measuring tapes

Medical examination protective gloves

Mechanical stethoscopes

Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators

Manual blood pressure cuffs

Laptop computers

Intravenous IV sets

Hypodermic syringes

Hemostats

Fetal doppler units

External fetal monitors

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Episiotomy scissors

Digital medical thermometers

Desktop computers

Blood glucometers

Blood drawing syringes

Bedpans

Baby scales

Automated external defibrillators AED

Automated blood pressure cuffs

Technologies

MEDITECH software

Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Private Practice

Skills

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

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Knowledge

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Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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