Midwifery is a challenging but hugely rewarding profession. In order to become a midwife you must complete a recognised course of study and become registered. Here is some information to consider if you are interested in pursuing a career as a midwife.
Is Midwifery for me?
Before you apply to be a midwifery student, it is advisable that you research who midwives are, what their roles are, how and where they work, and how midwifery fits into the bigger picture of healthcare provision in Australia. Make a point of talking to midwives who work in your community, including midwives who work at your local hospital, as well as private practising midwives.
It will also be useful for you to talk to women who have just had babies to get their perspectives on maternity and midwifery services, as well as consumer groups such as Maternity Choices Australia and Homebirth Australia.
Another tip is to join your local branch of the Australian College of Midwives and go to the branch meetings. That will help you network with local midwives as well as become familiar with local and national issues. Membership of the ACM will also keep you up to date with events and the latest research via the Australian Midwifery News and Women and Birth Journal. You can also visit the Australian College of Midwives’ Facebook page.
- Listing of the Undergraduate & Postgraduate Midwifery Courses in Australia