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Midwives

Also called: Certified Professional Midwife; Licensed Midwife; Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife; Midwife

What they do:
Provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor maternal condition during labor by checking vital signs, monitoring uterine contractions, or performing physical examinations.
  • Monitor fetal growth and well-being through heartbeat detection, body measurement, and palpation.
  • Identify, monitor, or treat pregnancy-related problems such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, pre-term labor, and retarded fetal growth.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • Private Practice
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
master's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$46,180
per year, on average
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