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Definition of a Midwife

A Midwife:

  • has acquired the appropriate qualifications to be registered and licenced to practice midwifery
  • gives supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period
  • cares for the newborn infant
  • is trained in the birthing process and will deal capably with any adverse situations, including seeking medical assistance when required
  • will commence emergency procedures in the absense of medical help
  • educates and provides health counselling for the woman, family and community

Midwives Work In:

  • Women's hospitals
  • Antenatal clinics
  • Labour/birth suites
  • Postnatal and Neonatal units
  • Community based health services
  • Universities (as midwives, teachers and researchers)
  • Maternity units in public and Private hospitals
  • Obstetric/gynaecology units
  • Childbirth and parent education classes
  • Birth centres
  • In practice with obstetricians
  • The home

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