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Job Description

Your job is to Provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

Common job titles of Midwives include:

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.


    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.


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


Fetal doppler units

External fetal monitors

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Episiotomy scissors

Digital medical thermometers

Desktop computers

Blood glucometers

Blood drawing syringes


Baby scales

Automated external defibrillators AED

Automated blood pressure cuffs


MEDITECH software

Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Private Practice


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.


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/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.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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.


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.


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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