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Community Midwife

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice

Area of Practice

  • Midwifery

Settings

  • Community/Primary Care

Job/Role Summary

Work within a community midwifery team providing care for a defined caseload of women taking into account the individual physicial, mental and emotional needs of mother, baby and family unit.

Deliver high standard of evidenced based practice in all aspects of midwifery care and liaise with other agencies and disciplines where appropriate. To carry out care without direct supervision, deploy staff and mentor midwifery students.

 

Specific qualifications and experience required

Registered Midwife, Diploma in Midwifery or Degree.

Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

 

Career Milestones

Supporting mothers in their choice of homebirth and safely delivering their babies at home.

Successfully completing the Ultrasound Scanning course and incorporating this skill into my role as community midwife.

Being mentored by senior midwives which has given me invaluable help in supporting and progressing my career.

 

 

What attracted you to this job?

To be with women and support them in their individual journeys towards parenthood.

 

Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

Supporting mothers with breastfeeding.

Carrying a caseload and the continuity of care this enables me to give.

Getting to know the community where I work and seeing mothers return to my care for future pregnancies.

Working within a supportive community midwifery team.

 

Challenging aspects of the job/role

Safeguarding and child protection.

Perinatal mental health.

Supporting mothers and their families in relation to miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

Important success factors

The setting up of our postnatal clinic offering mothers more choice.

Community midwives within my Trust voted winning Team of the Year at the NI Positive Birth Awards 2018.

Baby Friendly Gold Award.

 

Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Be prepared to have the ability to work on your own initiative and have excellent organisational and time management skills. Always strive to be calm under pressure and have excellent listening and communication skills. Identify an experienced midwife mentor to support and advice you.

 

Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

Experience in providing a homebirth service.

Organisational and time management.

Dealing with difficult situations.

Writing reports for safeguarding.

 

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