Mid wives are among the top paid jobs in the UK.
Midwives working for the NHS(National Health Service) are paid according to a fixed pay scale, known as Agenda for Change.
Salaries for newly qualified midwives are set at Band 5, which starts at £21,692.
You can then progress to Band 6, which ranges from £26,041 to £34,876.
Salaries at Band 7, where you’ll be working at a more senior level, e.g. managing a team, are in the region of £31,072 to £40,964.
One of the highest paid positions in nursing is as a nurse consultant where salaries start on Band 8a, which ranges from £39,632 to £47,559.
The pay for Mid wives varies with years of experience and certificates obtained.
Provides high quality antenatal and postnatal care for pregnant women
Monitoring and examining pregnant women during pregnancy
Provide sound family planning information and advice
To prescribe or advise on the examinations necessary for the earliest possible diagnosis of pregnancies at risk
To provide a programme of parenthood preparation and a complete preparation for childbirth including advice on hygiene and nutrition
To care and assist the mother during labour and to monitor the fetus in utero by the appropriate clinical and technical means
To conduct spontaneous deliveries including when required an episiotomy and in urgent case, a breech delivery
To recognise the warning signs of abnormality in the mother or infant which necessitate referral to a doctor and to assist the latter where appropriate, in particular the manual removal of the placenta, possibly following a manual examination of the uterus
To examine and care for the newborn infant: to take all initiatives which are necessary in case of need and to carry out where necessary immediate resuscitation
To carry out treatment prescribed by a doctor
To maintain all necessary records
To practice as a midwife in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
How to register: You’ll need to complete a pre-registration midwifery programme which last for 3 years. Half of the course would be spent in the university and the other half is practical and would be spent in the theatre
Part time courses are also available and run for about 5-6years
If you are already a nurse, you’ll take a midwifery programme which allows you to qualify soon than the three years course
Communication; a mid wife is required to communicate effectively with the patient and the family, It helps to develop trust relationship with pregnant women and family members.
Manager: Midwives manage all the circumstances where appropriate and can recognize and refer women to obstetricians and other specialists in a timely when necessary.
Educator: As an educator, midwives provide high quality, culturally sensitive health education in order to promote healthy, helpful family life and positive parenting.
Counselor: Midwives provide information and counsel pregnant women on prenatal self care including nutrition, hygiene, breastfeeding and danger sings in pregnancy and childbirth.
Adviser: Midwives give advice on development of birth plan and promote the concept of birth preparedness. They also give advice during complicated situation so that it will help them to take decision.
Record keeper: Record keeping is an integral part of midwifery practice. It helps making continuity of care easier and enabling identify problem in early stage.
The vast majority of midwives in England are employed by the NHS in:
hospitals and acute trusts;
through clinical commissioning groups (CCGs);
local area teams (LATs) working in GP practices or in the community.
The structure of the NHS is somewhat different in other parts of the UK.
Other types of employers include:
the armed forces.
And a midwife may also be self employed