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Is Midwifery the Right Career For You?

Is Midwifery the Right Career For You?
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Is midwifery the right career for you?  If you’re interested in nursing as a career, then you might have considered studying midwifery.  This section of nursing involves delivering babies, either as part of a team in hospital, in birthing centres or being involved in home births.

If you’re already a registered nurse, you can become a midwife by completing a one year postgraduate degree in midwifery.  If you’re new to nursing, then you can study to become a midwife right away, without having to study nursing first.  You would need to complete a Bachelor of Midwifery degree at university to become a qualified midwife.
One of the qualities that a midwife needs is the ability to care about her patients.  At times her patients will be in great distress and she will need to be able to comfort them as well as being able to deliver the baby safely.

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Another quality that is necessary is having a strong stomach.  If you’re squeamish when it comes to blood and other bodily fluids, then perhaps midwifery isn’t right for you.

Giving birth can be a lot different to what’s shown on television or in the movies.  There can be a lot of blood, vomit and even poo involved in the birthing process.  If the thought of that turns your stomach, perhaps you should ask yourself if you could handle yourself in that kind of situation.

Victoria University offers a 4-year dual Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery degree. Click to learn more.

While you’re studying midwifery, you’ll be involved in practical sessions, which will involve observing women giving birth.  This can be very useful to find out if midwifery really is the career for you.  If you find you can’t handle being a part of the birth process,  then you’ll be able to get counselling from your university and you may have to decide whether you want to study another area of nursing or find a completely new career instead.

Caesareans (or C-sections) are one way for the baby to be born when it’s not possible for it be delivered naturally (i.e., vaginally).  Caesareans can seem very clinical compared to the messiness of a natural birth and you may not experience the range of emotions that you would during a natural delivery.

Midwives are very dedicated to their career, and reap the rewards by helping to deliver babies safely.  They get great satisfaction by helping a new mother give birth, especially when there are no complications and mother and baby are fine afterwards.

However, being a midwife is hard work and you will be on your feet a lot.  If you witness a traumatic birth that doesn’t have a happy ending, it can drain you emotionally.  You need to be aware of this so you can counter the effects by being able to talk to a trusted friend or family member when you need to, or being able to de-stress, such as meditating.

So if you’re a caring person, fascinated by the birth process and you have a strong stomach, then you may be suited to midwifery.  It could be just the career for you.

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