Some professions are much more than a profession. If we made a list with them, the midwife would be occupying the first position or in the first position. Being a midwife is one of the most beautiful trades, as well as one of the oldest professions in the world. Those who dedicate themselves to this work are madly in love with it; they feel passion for everything it represents, and few are those who deny or decide to change their career path.
If you also want to become one of these people, you must start by adequately informing yourself about what you need to be a midwife. Here we leave you some keys to having everything more transparent, knowing where to start and what the process will be like.
What exactly does a midwife do?
Sometimes, many people do not know the role of a midwife, who simply associate it with the moment of childbirth or do not grant it the importance and relevance that it has. In the first place, before continuing, let us clarify that, although the female gender is usually used and they are the majority, many men carry out this work. For example, a midwife is a nurse specialising in the care and attention of women throughout pregnancy, at the time of childbirth and during the puerperium, which is the stage of the weeks after birth until the mother is recovered.
Throughout the nine months of pregnancy, the midwife will be in charge of a multitude of tasks, such as monitoring the evolution of the pregnancy, controlling and monitoring the health status of the mother, reporting on the necessary medical and analytical tests, listening to the baby’s heartbeat, giving childbirth preparation classes. But it will also be the mother’s direct support to resolve all her doubts, advise her on how to overcome the discomforts of pregnancy, recommend the healthiest lifestyle habits for her status and guide her step by step through the process.
At the moment of giving birth, the work of the midwife is essential, so much so that, if the delivery is standard and no complications are anticipated, it is she and not the gynaecologist who is in charge of directing the birth who attends to the mother during delivery and suturing the episiotomy. The midwife will be at the mother’s side when she enters the hospital, controlling her dilation, monitoring the fetus and assessing the right moment for anaesthesia.
After delivery, in the same hospital, the midwife will monitor the newborn’s first hours of life, assist the mother in helping her start breastfeeding and explain how to treat the umbilical cord. Afterwards, she will be attentive to the care of the episiotomy or the healing of the caesarean section; she will review the state of the breasts and the pelvic floor and, above all, she will be a great support to guide the mother in the primary keys of raising the newborn and also worrying about his emotional state.
But, in addition to all these tasks, the midwife’s work is not simply limited to bringing children into the world. Still, it must also provide comprehensive care to women in different phases of their lives, doing prevention, health education, and sexual education even from adolescence or attending during the climacteric.
What do we have to study to be a midwife?
Now that you know what jobs you will have to do if you want to be a midwife, you need to know where to start. As we said at the beginning, a midwife is a specialised nurse, so the first step is to go to university to study for a degree in Nursing. Once passed, you have to opt for the official speciality of gynaecological and obstetrical nursing, pass the EIR exam to become a Resident Internal Nurse and pass two years of practical and paid training in one of the public and private centres that offer this type of position.
You must be aware that you are facing a long and complicated process which will be handy for you to take a preparatory course for the EIR. In addition, you can also bet on continuing education by taking master’s degrees, classes, workshops and specific congresses in this speciality that delve into the different tasks of the midwife.
With all this data, now you just have to make the decision and take the first step to be able to work in one of the most beautiful professions in the world. Cheer up!