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Midwifery is a sub-field of the healthcare professions that deals with providing services for pregnant women, new mothers and their infants. Certified nurse-midwives are involved in prenatal and postnatal medical care, in counselling and offering support, and in preparing families for parenthood. Professional midwives usually work in public or private hospitals, small maternity units, birth centres, or are self-employed.

In order to practice midwifery, students have to complete at least an undergraduate degree in midwifery or in a related field. Academic learning involves a great amount of time spent in clinical practice. Most universities offer part-time study opportunities, and some institutions offer combined dual degrees (e.g. Nursing/Midwifery), or other paramedical studies. Midwifery courses are divided between academic lectures and practical training. Besides specific medical knowledge and an education centred on women and family, midwifery academic programmes also aim at developing qualities such as empathy, compassion, good communication and teamwork skills.

It is quite common for people to find their way into midwifery through another career in healthcare, such as nursing, physician assistance, maternity support work, etc. Regardless of background, certified graduates in midwifery have good professional prospects. They can develop further into senior practitioner roles, or become unit leaders who mix managing staff with ongoing hands-on involvement. Specialisations include neonatal nursing or health visiting.

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Suggested Masters in Midwifery

Preparation Course Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery) (Level 3)

This one year intensive course is aimed at enabling mature students (19+) to progress to a degree programme in midwifery. To achieve this, you must have 60 credits, of which 45 are from level 3 units. (The remaining 15 can be from level 2 units.). This Access to HE Diploma (Midwifery) (Level 3) programme is offered by Lewisham and Southwark College.

United Kingdom
Master Clinical Midwifery

The Master of Clinical Midwifery is a three-year (i.e. six semester) part-time course offered statewide and interstate of which the first two years comprise the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. Applicants entering at the third level of the program i.e. directly into the two Master's level units must have completed a Graduate Diploma or equivalent.

Australia
Graduate Certificate Acute and Critical Care

The Graduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care at University of the West of Scotland is an innovative programme of study designed for those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) respectively, who are currently employed or wish to seek employment within the areas of Acute or Critical Care.

United Kingdom