Duties and Responsibilities of Midwife

What is a Midwife?

A midwife is responsible for providing care to women and babies during the antenatal, intranasal, and postnatal periods from time to time. Midwives provide high quality, culturally sensitive care during labor. They conduct a clean, safe delivery; give care to the newborn, and manage/refer emergencies effectively to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.

A midwife nurse doing her duties
A midwife-nurse doing her duties

 Roles and Responsibilities of a Midwife:

The responsibilities of the midwives have pointed out the below:

  1. Give the necessary supervision, care, and advice to women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.
  2. Provide full antenatal care, including screening tests in the hospital, community, and the home.
  3. Provide counseling and advice before and after screening and tests.
  4. Conduct deliveries on her own and care for the newborn infant.
  5. Manage complications in pregnancy and childbirth, by the principles of basic emergency obstetric care.
  6. Identify high-risk pregnancies and making referrals to doctors and other medical specialists.
  7. Provide support and advice following events such as miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality, and neonatal death.
  8. Provide primary care to women of productive age, by the Basic Package of Health Services.
  9. Supervise the provision of primary health care within the community by female health workers.
  10. Counsel and educate women, the family, and the community, in relevant areas of health and provide a program of parenthood preparation and complete preparation for childbirth including advice on hygiene and nutrition.
  11. Give support and advice on the daily care of the baby, including breastfeeding, bathing, and making up feeds.
  12. Provide all non-surgical methods of family planning, and counseling for surgical methods.
  13. Follow established health center policies, procedures, and objectives; continuous quality improvement initiatives; safety, environmental, and infection prevention standards.
  14. Decreased risk of needing a cesarean and reduced rate of labor induction and augmentation.
  15. Help to decrease infant mortality rates and preterm birth and take all initiatives which are necessary in case of need and carry out where necessary immediate resuscitation.
  16. Help to decrease the maternal mortality rate and pregnancy-related sufferings.

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4 thoughts on “Duties and Responsibilities of Midwife”

  1. Maria doing midwife course like to know more about it how to treat patients and knowing the regulations when performing procedures.

    1. She wil identify antenatal mothers,she interduce herself as she will be there for her throughout journey even after birth of newborn for 6weeks if needed any time to support her amd family
      She will build trust and she respect her thoughts decisions
      She takes through history
      Advice required investigations identify early risks,
      She will give health education for health promotion
      She will guide for antenatal checkups
      Support her intrapartum period, encourage her to have safe birth
      Take care of new born
      Overall Holistic app to the mother

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