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Life As a Midwife

Position Description Provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

Life As a Midwife: What Do They Do?

  • Assist maternal patients to find physical positions that will facilitate childbirth.
  • Respond to breech birth presentations by applying methods such as exercises or external version.
  • Obtain complete health and medical histories from patients including medical, surgical, reproductive, or mental health histories.
  • Compile and evaluate clinical practice statistics.
  • Incorporate research findings into practice as appropriate.
  • Provide comfort and relaxation measures for mothers in labor through interventions such as massage, breathing techniques, hydrotherapy, or music.

What Every Midwife Should Know

These are the skills Midwives say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

Types of Midwife Jobs

  • Birth Doula
  • Director of Midwifery/Staff Midwife
  • Licensed Direct Entry Midwife
  • Licensed Midwife
  • Licensed and Certified Midwife

Is There Going to be Demand for Midwives?

There were about 40,000 jobs for Midwife in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,000 new jobs for Midwife by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 2,600 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Midwife are Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Delaware, or Illinois. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Midwife Average Salary

The salary for Midwives ranges between about $28,500 and $111,740 a year.

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Midwives who work in Maryland, New Jersey, or Connecticut, make the highest salaries.

How much do Midwives make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $41,660
Alaska $69,370
Arizona $47,250
Arkansas $42,180
California $74,900
Colorado $59,050
Connecticut $86,040
Delaware $59,750
District of Columbia $81,770
Florida $55,200
Georgia $64,940
Hawaii $66,670
Idaho $64,250
Illinois $64,390
Indiana $37,050
Iowa $46,130
Kansas $54,220
Kentucky $55,430
Louisiana $54,140
Maine $59,550
Maryland $89,580
Massachusetts $67,500
Michigan $52,990
Minnesota $65,550
Mississippi $37,790
Missouri $66,010
Montana $49,820
Nevada $55,440
New Hampshire $66,080
New Jersey $94,870
New Mexico $52,040
New York $74,750
North Carolina $52,530
North Dakota $63,290
Ohio $69,920
Oklahoma $45,340
Oregon $57,820
Pennsylvania $81,750
Rhode Island $69,790
South Carolina $48,690
Tennessee $59,530
Texas $59,360
Utah $50,690
Virginia $55,410
Washington $68,890
West Virginia $61,190
Wisconsin $52,040
Wyoming $61,750

Tools & Technologies Used by Midwives

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Midwives may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

How to Become a Midwife

Education needed to be a Midwife:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Midwives Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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