• Question: will studying child development help me get a job as a midwife in the future?

    Asked by abbiegreen25 to Shobhana on 11 Jun 2019.
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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 11 Jun 2019:

      Hi Abbie, Great to hear you are interested in being a midwife! I am not a midwife myself, but I have worked with midwives in my career. You can find out more about the requirements to study midwifery here: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/midwifery/faqs-midwifery
      The NHS careers webpages have lots of useful information on careers in healthcare. Midwives are usually responsible for the care of a pregnant woman before she delivers a baby (antenatal care), and for delivering the baby (childbirth) and for a few days after the baby is delivered. After this, a healthcare professional called a Health visitor usually takes care of the developmental needs of the baby and mother. While studying child development is not compulsory for a job as a midwife, it is a really interesting area, and will be helpful to you – as the mothers you might work with as a midwife might have questions about what to expect as their baby develops. I have studied child development and find it fascinating, so would recommend reading a bit about this, but only for your own interest! Hope that helps and all the best for your career!