Midwives provide care and support to women and their families while pregnant, throughout labour and during the period after a baby’s birth. 

You’ll help women to make their own decisions about the care and services they access and will provide health education and parenting advice until care is transferred to a health visitor. You will be responsible for the health of both mother and child and will only refer to obstetricians if there are medical complications.

Work is carried out in multidisciplinary teams in both hospital and, increasingly, community healthcare settings.

See the videos and case studies to find out more.


Use the links below to explore more about role of a Midwife on the Health Careers website run by Health Education England and the role of a Maternity support worker on the Royal College of Midwives website.

Videos and case studies

A career in midwifery

Once a midwife, always a midwife

#BeTheDifference. Become a midwife.

What’s it like to be a Midwife?

The Life of a New Midwife

Further information

The Royal College of Midwives

Becoming a Midwife

Return to midwifery courses

How to become a maternity support worker

Nursing & Midwifery Council