A day as a midwife

You start work in the afternoon and are immediately called to see a woman who is expecting twins. Her pregnancy has been normal but because you have supported the woman throughout her pregnancy you are aware of her individual needs and have ensured that appropriate arrangements for the birth of twins has been made. You have also informed the woman of the risk factors and told the medical team about the anticipated birth of twins. The mother gives birth successfully to her babies with your help and they are soon breast-feeding normally. You feel privileged to have been present at such a momentous event in a women's life and love the challenge of supporting families and bringing new life into the world Although work is sometimes tiring, every day is interesting and rewarding.

Does this sound like you?

You're interested in all aspects of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. You like being with people and are interested in learning about how the human body and mind work.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs, preferably including biology, and be prepared to take at least two (ideally three) A levels or the equivalent.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You'll need to take either an approved pre-registration degree in midwifery at university or find a degree apprenticeship in midwifery with an employer. You'll need good to high grades in A levels - typically including human biology or biology.

Entry requirements for university courses and degree apprenticeships vary, so it's vital to check these well in advance.