Midwife

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    Midwives deliver babies and provide antenatal and postnatal advice, care and support to women, their babies, their partners and families.

    You’re personally responsible for the health of both mother and child and will only refer to obstetricians if there are medical complications. Work is carried out in multidisciplinary teams in both hospital and, increasingly, community healthcare settings.

     

    Duties

    • examining and monitoring pregnant women
    • assessing care requirements and writing care plans
    • undertaking antenatal care in hospitals, homes and GP practices
    • carrying out screening tests
    • providing information, emotional support and reassurance to women and their partners
    • taking patient samples, pulses, temperatures and blood pressures
    • caring for and assisting women in labour
    • monitoring and administering medication, injections and intravenous infusions during labour
    • monitoring the foetus during labour
    • advising about and supporting parents in the daily care of their newborn babies
    • helping parents to cope with miscarriage, termination, stillbirth and neonatal death
    • writing records
    • tutoring student midwives

     

    Qualifications

    To practice as a midwife in Lesotho, you must be registered with Lesotho Nursing Council. You can only become a midwife with a midwifery qualification. Midwifery qualifications can be gained by undertaking a three to four-year degree course. Graduates with degrees or diplomas in any subject can apply for midwifery training, although life, health, biological or social sciences qualifications may be advantageous.

     

    Skills

    • ability to communicate with a diverse range of women and to explain things clearly to them;
    • a caring and calm manner for dealing with women and their families in emotional situations;
    • the ability to react quickly and effectively in times of stress or when immediate decisions need to be made during labour;
    • strong teamworking skills to liaise with different medical professionals;
    • strength, stamina and physical fitness;
    • a commitment to equal treatment for all women, irrespective of their background or circumstances.

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