Midwife Job Description
What do Midwives do?
Midwives provide care to women during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. They specialize in low-risk pregnancies, but must be able to recognize complications if they arise.
Additional responsibilities for midwife jobs often include:
- Assisting the mother with breastfeeding and providing care to newborns.
- Monitoring the mother and baby to ensure that the pregnancy is developing correctly.
- Referring women to a doctor when more specialized care is required.
Midwife salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most midwives make between $30,700 – $68,700 per year, or $14.74 – $33.04 per hour.
Employment Outlook for Midwives
There are currently 59,040 midwives in the United States, with 2,910 new midwife job openings created each year.
Midwife jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Education / Training Requirements for Midwives
Bachelor’s degree is normally required for midwife jobs.