International Day of the Midwife: Endless Opportunities for Future Midwives

HSE encourages people to consider midwifery as a career

Marking this year’s International Day of the Midwife (5th May 2021) the HSE is asking people thinking about a future career to consider becoming a midwife.

Whatever pathway is taken, there are endless opportunities for midwives to learn and build their skills in a rewarding and joyful career. Our health system needs more midwives and there are many job opportunities available in hospitals and communities across the country. While many midwives started their career in nursing and then chose the path of midwifery, students starting off today can specialise from the start and choose to study and train as a midwife.

A midwife is central to preparing women and their families for the delivery of their new baby and is a vital presence during all stage of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.  As a career, midwifery is diverse and progressive, with options available in clinical, management, education and research roles. Throughout their training, midwives can gain experience and skills across different specialist areas, such as gynaecology, neonatal, theatre and even home births.

Angela Dunne, Director of Midwifery for the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme explains why the career is a great choice for a student considering their options, or someone who might be seeking a career change: “While many midwives start their career as a nurse and then chose the path of midwifery, students starting off today can specialise from the start and choose to study and train as a midwife Whatever pathway is taken, midwives can continue to learn and build their skills in what is truly a rewarding and joyful career. The HSE needs more midwives and there are a range of courses and job opportunities available in hospitals and communities across the country.”

Midwives provide care and support to women and their families while pregnant, throughout the birth and during the period after a baby's birth. Midwifery services are increasingly moving from the hospital to the community. There are now many opportunities for midwives to develop their career as the role of midwives continue to expand, these include clinical specialist roles and advanced midwifery specialist roles. Midwifery as a career is very rewarding, dynamic and self-fulfilling and we would encourage students thinking about their career options to consider midwifery.”

Donna McNamee, a Midwife in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street Dublin describes how fulfilling her career has been for her:  “Every single journey we have with a family is just so special and it is a privilege to be there to deliver a baby. They may not remember my name, but they will remember how I made them feel on that day and that is a very special privilege I have.”

More information on courses and education opportunities see www.nmbi.ie/education or visit the following websites:

Videos

Please watch and share these videos to learn more about the role of midwives in hospitals and communities all across Ireland:

Mairead Martin: https://youtu.be/ppgpjFHUF8U

Donna McNamee: https://youtu.be/L_UwKqsd1mk

Clare Kennedy: https://youtu.be/37HsWoEVsQo

Caroline Earley: https://youtu.be/Q7o5WZ9ClE4

Victoria Byrne: https://youtu.be/pB_WlYSAN8k

Sean Dowling: https://youtu.be/zQx4CDB3QnU

Last updated on: 04 / 05 / 2021