Midwives are playing an increasingly important role in the pregnancy, birth and postpartum period in American women’s lives. In the 1980s, midwives solely led only 3% of births, but as of 2014 this figure had risen to 9%.
While the majority of Americans are still opting for an OBGYN to deliver their babies, there is growing interest in the cost effectiveness and overall success of using midwife led care. In countries such as the UK, almost every pregnant woman sees a midwife at some stage during pregnancy, and the national health system actively advises women during their second or third pregnancy to opt for a midwife led home birth or birthing centre. When interviewing for a midwifery position in a hospital or clinic, there are a number of specific questions that you may need to answer which allow you to demonstrate your passion for the position and interest in the overall midwifery movement. Here are some examples of midwife interview questions:
Which Specialty Within Midwifery Interests You the Most?
There are a number of areas within midwifery that you can enter, and a wide range of specialities that may interest you. For example, you may be keen on community care and education, complex-needs care, bereavement and pregnancy loss or the thrill and excitement of the delivery suite. A sensible way to prepare for this midwife interview question is to revisit your training portfolio and think about which areas you enjoyed learning about while studying. If you are an established midwife, has there been a particular scenario you’ve enjoyed that you'd like to learn more about? This question also allows you to demonstrate your overall knowledge of the role as a whole as well as your versatility.
What Articles or Research Have Been Most Influential to Your Practice?
As a midwife, you are more than just a birthing assistant. You are an educator and pregnancy specialist, with the power to directly impact new mothers and babies. It is therefore imperative that you can demonstrate strong academic knowledge surrounding birth trends and public health issues. Before your interview, it's best to collect a number of journals and articles that say something of particular interest to you. It may be that the recent research surrounding Zika virus has caught your attention, or a midwife’s role in immunization recommendations. Whatever it is, research it thoroughly and reference a handful of selected journals during your interview to back up your knowledge.
How Do You Approach Pregnant Women With Emotional or Psychological Challenges?
It is well documented that up to 20% of pregnant women develop a psychological or emotional disorder, such as anxiety and depression, during their pregnancies. Your job as a midwife is to proactively identify and assess the emergence of mental health problems in women who are in your care and to work holistically to ensure they receive the best outcomes possible. The importance of multidisciplinary working and referral to appropriate support services should be discussed. It is also good to use this midwife interview question as a way of displaying your compassion and empathy for the changes individual women go through during pregnancy and birth.
How Do You Promote Health and Wellbeing Among Pregnant and Post Natal Patients?
Maternal health is of utmost importance in order to give each child the best start in life before and after birth. As a midwife, it is your job to provide sound information on the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle while pregnant. To answer this question in an interview, it is important to understand the general direction maternity care is headed, and why it is important to tackle certain social problems that lead to negative health outcomes. For example, in 2011, 10% of all pregnant women in America smoked during pregnancy. Around half of these quit during pregnancy, but only 10% of those who quit were able to remain smoke free after the birth. As a midwife, it is important to recognize that, while this trend is headed in the right direction, there is still work to be done. Perhaps at this stage of the interview you can reference a particular patient you have had who began her pregnancy practising unhealthy lifestyle choices, and what you did to assist her in changing those habits.
Being a midwife is highly rewarding, and the role itself is more sought after now than ever before. That is why it is essential to think carefully about what being a midwife means to you, which pieces of existing research have influenced your decision to enter the profession and where you see it headed in the future.