Roles and Responsibilities of a Midwife

Roles and Responsibilities of a Midwife Role:

“A practising midwife is responsible for providing midwifery care in accordance with such standards as the Council may specify from time to time to a woman and baby during the antenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods,” 





  • Provide sound family planning information and advice
  • To prescribe or advise on the examination/s necessary for the earliest possible diagnosis of pregnancies at risk
  • To provide a programme of parenthood preparation and a complete preparation for childbirth including advice on hygiene and nutrition
  • To care and assist the mother during labour and to monitor the fetus in utero by the appropriate clinical and technical means
  • To conduct spontaneous deliveries including when required an episiotomy and in urgent cases a breech delivery
  • To recognise the warning signs of abnormality in the mother or infant which necessitate referral to a doctor and to assist the latter where appropriate, in particular the manual removal of the placenta, possibly following a manual examination of the uterus
  • To examine and care for the newborn infant: to take all initiatives which are necessary in case of need and to carry out where necessary immediate resuscitation
  • To care for and monitor the progress of the mother in the postnatal period and to give all necessary advice to the mother on infant care to enable her to ensure the optimum progress of the newborn infant
  • To carry out treatment prescribed by a doctor
  • To maintain all necessary records