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Nurse Midwife

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Midwife
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€25 - 43
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Despite a decline in employment, the demand for certain types of nursing skills has remained strong and has resulted in shortages. Work patterns and certain geographical locations are also impacting on recruitment and retention of nurses.

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Occupational Category

Nurses & Midwives

Also included in this category:

Practice nurses; psychiatric nurses; staff nurses; nurse (clinical specialists); nurse-tutors; midwives; matrons (medical services).

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58,500

Part time workers: 21%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 7 / 93%
Non-Nationals: 11%
With Third Level: 97%
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At a Glance... header image

Cares for pregnant women during both the pregnancy and the birth.


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Siobhan Canny
Midwife

Siobhan Canny is a Midwife working in Galway Regional Hospital. After her Leaving Certificate she completed a Certificate in Nursing, a Higher Diploma in Midwifery, and a BA in Midwifery. Her commitment to the profession is thorough, and she continues to upskill within the area.

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The Work header image

The job of a Midwife involves much more than delivering babies. A Midwife is responsible for providing care and support for parents and families . A Midwife is often the first and main point of contact for an expectant mother during her pregnancy, throughout labour, and through the early postnatal period.

The role of the Midwife is very diverse:

  • Carrying out clinical examinations
  • Providing supervision, care and advice
  • Helping women to make informed choices about their care
  • Providing health counselling and education, not only for women but also within the family and the community
  • The work involves antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and extends to certain areas of gynaecology, family planning and child care.

Midwives may practise in clinics, health units, and domiciliary or other care services. The Midwife is the key professional providing continuity of care and promoting choice and control to women in pregnancy and birth, and to women and their babies following birth. She/he works in partnership with other health and social care professionals and plays an important advocacy role regarding the needs of individual mothers.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor maternal condition during labor by checking vital signs, monitoring uterine contractions, or performing physical examinations.

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Monitor fetal growth and well-being through heartbeat detection, body measurement, and palpation.

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Identify, monitor, or treat pregnancy-related problems such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, pre-term labor, and retarded fetal growth.

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Provide necessary medical care for infants at birth, including emergency care such as resuscitation.

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Establish and follow emergency or contingency plans for mothers and newborns.

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Identify tubal and ectopic pregnancies and refer patients for treatments.

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Perform post-partum health assessments of mothers and babies at regular intervals.

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Maintain documentation of all patients' contacts, reviewing and updating records as necessary.

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Assess the status of post-date pregnancies to determine treatments and interventions.

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Counsel women regarding the nutritional requirements of pregnancy.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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

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

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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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.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Entry Routesheader image

There are two main routes to becoming a Midwife in Ireland:

  • The Pre-Registration route - A four year Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) with eligibility for registration on the Midwives Division of the NMBI 
  • The Post-Registration route - An eighteen month Higher Diploma in Midwifery with eligibility for registration on the Midwives Division of the NMBI 

Pre-Registration Degree Programme Leading to RM

There are 5 pre-registration level nursing training programmes available, all of which are at Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree:

  • BSc in General Nursing (RGN),
  • BSc in Psychiatric Nursing (RPN)
  • BSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing (RNID) 
  • BSc in Childrens and General (integrated) Nursing
  • BSc in Midwifery  leading to the qualification of Registered Midwife (RM)

These 5 programmes are offered through 13 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in association with the main Healthcare Agencies (Hospitals/Clinical Sites). Application is made through the CAO.

The 4 year BSc in Midwifery is currently available through:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and DKIT
  • University College Hospital Galway and NUIG
  • Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and TCD
  • Rotunda Hospital and TCD
  • Cork University Maternity Hospital and UCC
  • National Maternity Hospital Holles St and UCD
  • St Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital and UL

Getting into Nursing Training

To get into a nursing training programme applicants must:

(a) have obtained  a minimum grade of C3 in two higher level papers and a minimum grade of D3 in four ordinary or higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate, in the following subjects:

  • Irish or English
  • Mathematics
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
  • Three other subjects

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(b) have achieved the equivalent minimum educational attainments to the Leaving Certificate, as judged by the Higher Education Authority(HEA)

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(c) meet the minimum educational requirements specified by the third level institution (HEI) concerned, for entry to the course, provided the requirements are not of a lower standard than those set out in (a) above.

(Note: Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish are not acceptable). 

Post Registration Programme Leading to RM

The post registration midwifery programme leading to the qualification of Registered Midwife (RM) is 18 months full-time in duration. Applicants must first be registered as a General Nurse (RGN) with NMBI before applying for the post registration programme in midwifery. Successful completion of the programme entitles the applicant to apply for registration with NMBI (RM) and the award of a Higher Diploma from a linked HEI.

Seven maternity hospitals and linked HEIs currently offer the RM programme :

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and DKIT
  • University College Hospital Galway and NUIG
  • Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and TCD
  • Rotunda Hospital and TCD
  • Cork University Maternity Hospital and UCC
  • National Maternity Hospital and UCD
  • St Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital and UL

To work as a qualified nursing professional, you must first successfully complete a programme of nursing education, and then apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the statutory body for regulation of the nursing profession in Ireland. 

Alternative Entry Routes:

Certain Specific FETAC Level 5 Certificate Programmes provide links to Nursing Degree Programmes. These currently are:

  • Nursing Studies (5M4349 / DCHSN)
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339 / DHSXXX)
  • Community and Health Services (5M4468 / DCHSX)

In all cases, applicants must have achieved distinctions in five components including;

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749 / D20001)
  • Introduction to Nursing (5N4325 / D200012)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279 / D20032) or Biology (5N2746 / C20006)

See also: Getting into Nursing - Entry routes in Ireland and the UK

Always contact the Admissions Office of the individual HEIs or visit www.cao.ie or www.nursingcareers.ie to check for any changes.

For full detail see 'Nursing and Midwifery - A Career for You'

Last Updated: April, 2016


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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: Nursing Careers Centre
Address: An Bord Altranais, 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin
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Organisation: Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO)
Address: The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
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Organisation: An Bord Altranais/Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
Address: 18-20 Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 639 8500 LoCall 1890 200 116
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