What''s a midwife?

A midwife is the person who is responsible for uncomplicated pregnancies and therefore will care for mothers and babies throughout normal pregnancy, labour and after the birth. They work in hospital and also in the community though are mostly employed through the NHS to work in hospitals. You will meet midwives you will meet in the antenatal clinic, community clinics, scanning departments, labour ward or postnatal wards in the hospital. They will also look after you and your baby?s needs while in hospital. A midwife is an independent practitioner with responsibility for the provision of all aspects of midwifery care. There are a few who practise completely independently, outside the remit of the NHS. Midwives often come from a general nursing background (although this is changing now) and then complete a further 18 months training in midwifery and obstetrics. The UKCC (United Kingdom Central Council)is the professional body governing the sphere of practice under which a midwife works.
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