Midwife

Midwife

Midwives are responsible for the care of pregnant women and their babies, helping them with advice and support until their little ones arrive. Biology is an important subject for midwives, because they need a good understanding of the human body.

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As well as monitoring and examining women during pregnancy, midwives act as a friendly and familiar face for the women they work with. If you have a calm and caring nature, midwifery could be the perfect career for you.

What's cool about being a midwife?

Getting to work closely with individual women, both in hospitals and in their homes

Making a real difference to people’s lives by helping to care for their babies

Working as part of a wider team of medical professionals

Subjects you'll need

As with all jobs that involve medical care, a working knowledge of biology is essential for aspiring midwives. Chemistry and physics qualifications are also recommended.

Fun fact

They aren’t nearly as qualified as human midwives, but some species of monkey have been observed helping their pregnant friends to deliver babies in the wild. Elsewhere in the animal kingdom, midwife toads are so-called for their habit of carrying unborn babies on their backs.

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