Have a clear job description for your employees is really important. Whether it is your receptionists, medical assistant, birth assistant, midwife, or marketer, they all need to have clear expectation from day one what their purpose with your midwife business is. Knowing hours considered full or part time, skills and licenses needed to complete job, tasks and expectations to be done by employee, and weight bearing possibilities are some of the examples to put on a job description. For a midwife, there needs to be more details to call coverage (would stress to put varied based on staff present versus exact amount of call coverage). If someone is sick or on vacation, employee needs to have a clear expectation that work load may fluctuate week to week.
When someone is hired, last thing they want is vagueness for their purpose with your midwife business team. During an interview process, talk about short term and long term goals of business, their specific role (job description) within the organization, and show them directly the job description created for this posted position. The employee contract will directly go into wage, benefits, and details of the employment relationship. Think of a job description as a policy to reference for each person’s role within midwife business directly.
Here is an example of job descriptions to help create a midwife job description for your business:
Midwives deliver babies and provide antenatal and postnatal advice, care and support to women, their babies, their partners and families.Midwives need the ability to deal with emotionally charged situations as part of their everyday work.
Midwives support women and their families through pregnancy and labor and in the time immediately after birth. They work in a range of settings, including hospitals, midwifery-led maternity units and expectant mothers’ homes, and are part of a team of professional and medical staff that includes doctors, social workers, neonatal nurses and health visitors. They may be assisted by maternity support workers and be responsible for supervising them.
Typical duties include:
- examining and monitoring pregnant women
- assessing care requirements and writing care plans
- undertaking antenatal care in hospitals, homes and GP practices
- carrying out screening tests
- providing information, emotional support and reassurance to women and their partners
- taking patient samples, pulses, temperatures and blood pressures
caring for and assisting women in labor
- monitoring and administering medication, injections and intravenous infusions during labor
- monitoring the fetus during labor
- advising about and supporting parents in the daily care of their newborn babies
- helping parents to cope with miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death
- writing records
- tutoring student midwives
- dentifying high-risk pregnancies
Midwives may work on a rota and be on call to provide care on a 24-hour basis.
Qualifications and training required
- Certification from ACMB or NARM to be able to practice as a midwife
- State midwife license
- NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation)
- ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
- certifications in Electronic Fetal Monitoring, Inpatient Obstetrics, STABLE, or PALS preferred
Key skills for midwives
- Ability to deal with emotionally charged situations
- Excellent team working skills
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong observational skills
- An interest in the process of pregnancy and birth
- Flexible and adaptable
- Able to work with people from different backgrounds
- Able to follow instructions and procedures
- Caring and patient