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About the Job

Provide prenatal care and childbirth assistance.

It is also Called

  • Staff Midwife/Apprenticeship Director
  • Staff Midwife at Birth Center, Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife
  • Staff Midwife
  • Midwife and Birth Center Owner
  • Midwife
  • Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
  • Licensed Midwife
  • Licensed Direct Entry Midwife
  • Licensed and Certified Midwife
  • Lay Midwife
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What They Do

  • Collaborate in research studies.
  • Compile and evaluate clinical practice statistics.
  • Provide information about community health and social resources.
  • Treat patients' symptoms with alternative health care methods such as herbs or hydrotherapy.
  • Inform patients of how to prepare and supply birth sites.
  • Provide postpartum patients with contraceptive and family planning information.
  • Collect specimens for use in laboratory tests.
  • Provide, or refer patients to other providers for, education or counseling on topics such as genetic testing, newborn care, contraception, or breastfeeding.
  • Assess birthing environments to ensure cleanliness, safety, and the availability of appropriate supplies.
  • Incorporate research findings into practice as appropriate.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $72,870 with most people making between $33,690 and $120,120


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,660 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,800 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 14 openings due to growth and about 36 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.

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