Earlier this month we had ‘International Day of the Midwife’ and lots of people posted tweets, blog posts, Instagram pictures and much more with the hashtag #ThankYouMidwife to show support and appreciation for the hard work that midwives all over the world do on a daily basis. You can check out the hashtag on Instagram here!
We should be showing our appreciation to midwives and other doctors and nurses, all year round and not just for one day a year. They all do such amazing jobs, working around the clock to provide others with top quality care and support.
Midwifery has been a recognised occupation for centuries with the term ‘midwife’ dating back to 1300s. ‘Mid’ meaning ‘together with’, therefore midwife means ‘together with woman’.
In the middle ages; many midwives were condemned as witches. Especially those who were present in the case of stillbirth.
We are not the only species on the planet to have assistance during childbirth. The snub-nosed monkey has also been observed to assist one another when in labour. This species usually give birth during the night, but on the off chance that they go into labour during the day, other females gather to lend a helping hand in a similar manner to human midwives. Incredible to think that another animal can act in such a way, showing kindness, love and support for each other in times of need.
Midwives do not only help women during labour, but they are often the first and main source of support throughout pregnancy. Their care extends to the early postnatal period too, in the form of health visitors and newborn hearing screeners.
Those who become midwives put in a lot of time and effort in terms of education. Midwifery degree’s take three years to complete and involve one and a half years of practical, supervised experience in a wide range of settings. Some people have the opportunity to study the degree part-time, although this takes five to six years to complete.
In order to study a midwifery course at degree level, one must have three A-levels and supporting GCSE’s or equivalent. This area is competitive and therefore it is important to work hard to achieve good grades if you want to pursue a career in midwifery.
There are various areas that midwives can specialise in, such as neonatal nursing or home birthing. Some areas will need extra training and education, but they are all worthwhile.
Newly trained midwives in the UK, earn around £23,000 per year, as their experience and training increase so does their salary. With the potential to earn up to £37,000.
Midwives are modern day superheroes, helping to bring new life into the world as safely as possible. For those who sadly do not make it, the midwives stay and support the parents in the best way that they can.
It is far from an easy job, it is long hours, sleepless nights, hard work and dedication. All midwives, male and female, deserve much more credit than what they are given. They deserve the utmost respect from everyone around them. They do an incredible job.