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Midwife  What They Do

Just the Facts


Provides prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Monitors maternal condition during labor by checking vital signs, monitoring uterine contractions, or performing physical examinations.
  • Monitors fetal growth and well-being through heartbeat detection, body measurement, and palpation.
  • Identifies, monitors, or treats pregnancy-related problems such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, pre-term labor, and retarded fetal growth.
  • Provides necessary medical care for infants at birth, including emergency care such as resuscitation.
  • Establishes and follows emergency or contingency plans for mothers and newborns.
  • Identifies tubal and ectopic pregnancies and refers patients for treatments.
  • Performs post-partum health assessments of mothers and babies at regular intervals.
  • Maintains documentation of all patients' contacts, reviewing and updating records as necessary.
  • Assesses the status of post-date pregnancies to determine treatments and interventions.
  • Counsels women regarding the nutritional requirements of pregnancy.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Certified Professional Midwife --
  • Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife --
  • Director of Midwifery/Staff Midwife --
  • Lay Midwife --
  • Licensed Direct Entry Midwife --
  • Licensed Midwife --
  • Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife --
  • Midwife and Birth Center Owner --
  • Staff Midwife --