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What is a typical day like for a midwife

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Marissa’s Answer

A midwife helps mom and baby. They help with every step. From the time a woman becomes pregnant till after baby is born, they help with check ups and help with birthing and aftercare for both mom and baby.
Thank you comment icon Hi Marissa, you did a great job describing the role of a midwife but this particular student wanted to know about the daily tasks of someone in this profession. Could you speak more to that part of the question? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Midwife’s Answer

This is a loaded question. A midwife can take on so many roles, that you have the freedom to chose how to structure your time. Some midwives work in the hospital. They work a 12 or 24 hour shift, supporting women in labor and attending their birth. Other midwives work in a clinic. They see patients at a scheduled time. Majority of midwives do a combination of both hospital and clinic. However, there are also home birth and birth center midwives. These strong midwives don't have "typical schedules". They support the laboring women where and when they are needed. It doesn't matter if that is 2am or noon. There have been countless nights, where I finish a good movie, drink some tea, shower, and cozy into bed - all to receive the phone call that a women is in labor. However, serving women in this capacity makes it the most awarding career you could choose.

In regards to the previous answer, the term midwife translates into, "with women." We are not just with women during childbirth. We are with women as they transition through life stages. From a girls first period, to a concerning breast lump, birth control needs, preconception, dealing with infertility, to her announcing her pregnancy, to supporting transgender care, figuring out sex pain concerns, to abusive relationships, handling menopause, and so much more. This is a truly rewarding career that is in high demand!
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