What is midwifery?
Midwifery is focused on the care of women during pregnancy, labour and up to six weeks post-partum, and on providing health counselling and education within the wider community.
Midwives work in partnership with women and their families to provide support, care and advice throughout these milestone life events. They’re champions of normal birth, but can request or deliver medical, emergency or other care in the case of complications.
Why study midwifery?
As experts in pregnancy, labour and post-partum care, midwives work with women and families at what is often a pivotal moment in their lives. At UTS, our specialist midwifery degrees are producing skilled and responsive graduates with the capacity to deliver informed, reflective and compassionate midwifery care. You’ll learn to consider midwifery as a health care discipline that encompasses not only the principles of primary health care but the emotional and social aspects of birth as well. Trained midwives are always in demand and a midwifery career can take you almost anywhere – a dramatic global shortage of midwives means qualified midwifery professionals are highly sought after in countries around the world.
A career that can take you anywhere
Work as a midwife in hospital, community, public and private settings in metropolitan and rural areas, or pursue international opportunities in countries across the globe. Ready to move up in the world? Career progression opportunities include midwifery education management and research, and consultancy roles such as lactation or midwifery consultant or midwifery unit manager.
At UTS Health, we’re great at teaching – but we’re also known for producing qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods midwifery research in areas like vaginal birth after caesarean section, birth unit design, simulation and breastfeeding. We received the highest possible score (ERA 5) for midwifery research in the Australian Government’s latest Excellence in Research for Australia benchmarking initiative, and we’ve been highly successful in receiving competitive funding, including Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council grants.
UTS is also home to the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, which aims to improve the health of Australian families through health research, education, practice development and consultancy.