Do you love babies? Are you addicted to TV shows like One Born Every Minute? Then you could consider training to be a Midwife.
Working in the NHS, Midwives provide essential support, care and advice for expectant mums, from the time just after their pregnancy is confirmed by a doctor to when the new baby is a month old.
You'll be able to help women make decisions about exactly what they want during labour and you'll be on hand to deal with any dilemmas that arise afterwards. Midwives can work in hospitals, maternity units, group practices and birthing centres, but the role will usually include:
- Diagnosing, monitoring and examining women during pregnancy and providing antenatal help.
- Coming up with individually tailored care programmes for the parents-to-be and giving classes on looking after newborns.
- Observing animal behaviour and checking for injuries
- Supervising labour and referring cases to a doctor if Plan A cannot be implemented.
- Advising new mums and dads after the birth until the Health Visitor takes over, a month later.