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In Brief...

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

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

In Summary - Nurse Midwife

Career Sectors

Nurse Midwifes typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Nursing & Midwifery
Medical & Healthcare

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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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Further Information

The Work - Nurse Midwife

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.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Document findings of physical examinations.
  • Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.
  • Write information in medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.
  • Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests.
  • Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.
  • Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.
  • Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients.
  • Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.
  • Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and childbirth, to women.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • 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.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

Interests - Nurse Midwife

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Entry Requirements - Nurse Midwife

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

or

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

or

(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 QQI 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

Pay & Salary - Nurse Midwife

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €25k - €43k

Data Source(s):
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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.

Labour Market Updates - Nurse Midwife

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.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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