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What Do Midwife Do?

Job Description & Duties Provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

Daily Life Of a Midwife

  • 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.
  • Set up or monitor the administration of oxygen or medications.
  • 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.
  • Suture perineal lacerations.

Qualities of a Midwife

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

  • Certified Midwife
  • Staff Midwife
  • Licensed and Certified Midwife
  • Birth Doula
  • Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife

Job Outlook 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. The BLS estimates 2,600 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Midwives in U.S.

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.

Salary for a Midwife

The typical yearly salary for Midwives is somewhere between $28,500 and $111,740.

Salary Ranges for Midwives

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

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Midwives:

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

Becoming a Midwife

What education or degrees do I need to become a Midwife?

Midwife Degree Level

How many years of work experience do I need?

Midwife Work Experience

Where Midwives Are Employed

Midwife Sectors

The table below shows the approximate number of Midwives employed by various industries.

Midwife Industries

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