A midwife has a range of responsibilities, including the care of mother and baby, adhering to hospital policy and maintaining an awareness of issues such as health and safety.
• Diagnosing, monitoring and examining women during pregnancy;
• Developing, assessing and evaluating individual programs of care;
• Providing full antenatal care, including screening tests in the hospital, community and the home;
• Identifying high risk pregnancies and making referrals to doctors and other medical specialists;
• Arranging and providing parenting and health education;
• Providing counseling and advice before and after screening and tests;
• Offering support and advice following events such as miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and neonatal death;
• Supervising and assisting mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus and using knowledge of drugs and pain management;
• Giving support and advice on the daily care of the baby, including breastfeeding, bathing and making up feeds;
• Liaising with agencies and other health and social care professionals to ensure continuity of care;
• Engaging in professional development to meet PREP (post-registration education and practice) requirements;
• Participating in the training and supervision of junior colleagues.