Midwives prepare women for delivering new life, and their knowledge and presence in all stages of childbirth, including postnatal, are what ensure successful childbirth and safety for mother and child. Becoming a midwife requires being educated to degree level. There are many ways into midwifery, although typically the career is chosen by nurses who take an additional midwifery course or as a natural progression for maternity support workers.
Course Duration: 1-2 years full time, 2-4 years part time
To enroll in an Msc Midwifery course, you will need a degree in a related subject, like human biology. Depending on the course, you may need to have practiced/be practicing midwifery.
A Master’s degree will cover the subject in more detail that what is typically needed for work as a midwife in a hospital. The degree is a chance to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, professional and intellectual skills, values and attitudes that are necessary for successful practice. The course will cover the scientific knowledge of childbirth, but will also be heavily practical, with most courses allocating around 50% of hours to practical learning and assessment.
Although this advanced degree will make you more employable as a midwife, it will also open up new areas, like research. You may be interested in a managerial role and improving midwifery services, or become an expert on pregnancy aids like pregnancy pillows.