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Midwifery Educator
Midwifery Manager
[under Nurse Manager]
Midwifery Researcher
Midwifery Unit Manager 
[under Nurse Manager]

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Helping or advisingAnalytic or ScientificSkill Level 5

Midwives provide care, education, advice and support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth, and provide post-natal care into the early weeks following birth for Future Growth Very Strong women and babies.

Midwifery tasks include physical and technical care, assistance with newborn babies and ongoing monitoring, assessing and reporting of mother and child.

Midwife meaning 'with woman' is founded on respect for women and on a strong belief in the value of women's work of bearing and rearing each generation.

ANZSCO description: Provides care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and childbirth, and postnatal care for women and babies in a range of settings such as the home, community, hospitals, clinics and health units. Registration or licensing is required.

Alternative names: Certified Midwife, Registered Midwife

Specialisations: Community Midwife, Community Midwifery Specialist, Midwife Practitioner, Midwifery Educator, Midwifery Manager, Midwifery Researcher, Midwifery Unit Manager

Knowledge, skills and attributes
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A midwife needs:

  • a caring nature and enthusiasm for birthing

  • good communication skills

  • to assume responsibility and take leadership

  • to take initiative in emergencies

  • to be able to work under pressure

  • to provide speciality information and advice about pregnancy and birth

  • tolerance and patience and be able to interact with people from a wide range of backgrounds

  • to work as part of a team

  • to be mentally and physically fit

Duties and Tasks

Midwives may perform the following tasks:

  • provide clinical midwifery care and support for women, their babies and their families
  • detect any complications which may develop for a mother and/or her baby
  • arrange appropriate consultation and referral, and implement emergency measures when necessary work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team,
  • liaising with other healthcare professionals to provide the best care for childbearing women, their babies and families
  • observe, monitor, assess, report and document care provided to women and their babies, as well as their responses to treatment prescribe and administer medicines to women and their babies as required
  • prepare women for operative birth and provide post-operative care provide education and advice on health matters for women, their families and the wider community
  • answer questions and provide information to women and their families about treatment and care
  • contribute to the clinical training of medical, midwifery and other students
  • directly supervise other health professionals, such as enrolled nurses, registered nurses and health care assistants who may be included in the care of birthing women and their babies.


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Working conditions

Midwives usually work according to a rotating 7-day roster which includes morning, afternoon and night shifts, weekends and public holidays. Alternatively, they may work in more flexible models of care that allow them to structure their working hours around the needs of the women they care for. They are often required to work on-call hours.

Registered midwives may work in public and private hospitals, community and home-based services including doctors' surgeries, community health centres, youth and women's shelters, and remote and rural areas.

Midwives are also employed in nursing agencies, international aid agencies and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Many are self-employed and manage their own businesses, hours of work and caseloads.

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Tools and technologies

Midwives are skilled in the use of complex medical equipment including electronic foetal heart monitors, IV lines and equipment for resuscitation.


Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a midwife, you have to study midwifery at university. Alternatively, you can undertake a degree in nursing, followed by a postgraduate qualification in midwifery.


    Did You Know?

    In 2009, there were 295,700 births registered in Australia, resulting from 291,200 confinements. During the early 1900s, the number of births registered in Australia each year remained under 140,000, with a decline occurring in the early 1930s during the Great Depression. The number of births then increased rapidly, reaching a peak of 276,400 in 1971, falling sharply during the remainder of the 1970s, then increasing from the early 1980s to reach another peak in 1992 of 264,200 births.

    Following 1992, the annual number of birth registrations decreased, falling to 246,400 in 2001. The number of births then increased to a new record of 296,600 in 2008, the highest number of births registered within a calendar year in Australia. In 2009, the number of births registered declined slightly to 295,700 births.

    2.4 Births registered - 1909 to 2009
    Statistics for Births



    Sex ratio

    Just over half (51%) of all births registered in 2009 were male babies, resulting in a sex ratio at birth of 105.8 male births per 100 female births. The sex ratio for all births registered in Australia generally fluctuates at around 105.5 male births per 100 female births.

    (Source:
    Australian Bureau of Statistics)

 

Midwifery Educator
Community and Health

Analytic or ScientificSkill Level 5

A midwifery educator supports and teaches midwifery students, assists in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of midwifery education and professional development programs, and manages educational resources.

A midwifery educator is responsible for the design, planning, implementation and assessment of teaching and learning for nurses within hospitals and health care facilities. They make sure that Future Growth Very Strong nurses keep up to date with advances in nursing, and help nurses plan their continuing  professional development.

Midwifery educators coordinate and assess nurses’ clinical competencies
to ensure that nurses deliver safe and effective nursing care. They may also manage educational resources for nurses within the hospital or healthcare facility, and may undertake their own research.


ANZSCO description: Designs, plans, implements and evaluates the delivery of nursing education and staff development programs, and manages educational resources.

Alternative names: Clinical Nurse Educator, Staff Development Nurse


Knowledge, skills and attributes

 

  • passion and commitment to nursing and teaching
  • advanced knowledge and experience in nursing
  • excellent communication skills to liaise with other professionals and provide clear information to students
  • good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • leadership and motivational abilities
  • organisational and time management skills

Duties and Tasks

  • researching, planning, developing and implementing nursing curricula New Born Baby
  • facilitating practical experience for general and specialist nurses
  • evaluating ongoing and changing educational needs and monitoring course outcomes
  • participating in developing and implementing policies affecting nursing, nurse education and health
  • undertaking and promoting nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and disseminating research information
  • promoting utilisation of current research findings into clinical nursing practice and patient management
  • promoting the implementation of research and research findings into organisation-wide functions such as safety, quality and risk management
  • providing support and education for other nurses undertaking research

Working conditions

Midwifery educators may work in private or public hospitals, or other health service facilities to assist in nursing staff development or to organise clinical learning activities.

Midwifery educators usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work shift work when employed in hospitals.

 
Tools and technologies

Midwifery educators regularly use computers and office equipment, as well as educational resources.

Midwifery educators may use advanced patient simulation mannequins to imitate emergencies and demonstrate aspects of nursing care.

Education and training/entrance requirements

​To become a Midwifery educator you must first become a qualified registered nurse. You must also gain sufficient practical experience as a nurse, and usually need to complete postgraduate study in midwifery and education.

To work as a nurse in Australia, you must obtain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and hold a current Working with Children clearance issued by the Working with Children Screening Unit of the Department of Community Services.

 

Midwifery Researcher
Community and Health

Analytic or ScientificSkill Level 5 Skill Level 6


A midwifery researcher conducts research into all aspects of midwifery care, professional issues affecting midwives and midwifery, maternity service provision and maternal and infant health Future Growth Very Strong policy.



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