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Midwifery, a career that begins with care

Midwifery is a rewarding career that involves much more than just delivering babies. Midwife means 'with woman' and the main role of a midwife is to support women and their families before, during and after a birth.

The roles of a midwife range from clinical examinations to health and parental education and they can work in different settings including women's homes, local clinics, GP surgeries or a variety wards.

We are looking for students interested in working in partnership with women and families from different cultural and religious backgrounds. You need to be good at communicating and observing, able to deal with emotionally charged situations, willing to stand as an advocate for your patients and committed to the values of the NHS constitution.


If this sounds like you, we would love to support you throughout you midwifery training. Find out more information in the tabs below.

Hear from our staff and students

Midwifery at ARU

Our course

You can find out about the course structure, modules and placements on our BSc (Hons) Midwifery course page. But here are a few reasons why we think we are a good choice for your midwifery studies:

  • We are fully accredited by UNICEF as being baby friendly. This is a guarantee that our students get equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to support breastfeeding efficiently.
  • We take your practice learning very seriously. We were judged 'outstanding' for the 'fit for practice' category in 2014, we were the only university to be awarded this grading.
  • We offer the Newborn Infant Physical Examination qualification as part of the course.
  • Our lecturers represent midwifery on regional and national boards, and get involved in varied roles including Neonatal Life Support Trainer and media consultancy (East Enders). They have varied research expertise areas including substance misuse, history of midwifery, use of technology in midwifery, infant feeding or midwifery education.

Student blogs

Our student blogs will give you an idea of what being a midwifery student is really like. Our bloggers share what made them choose midwifery, what the course and placements are like and a lot of other topics related to midwifery.

Read posts by our bloggers.



With the highest employment rate in the region, over 95% of our Faculty’s graduates find full-time employment in their chosen field or go on to further study within six months. This not only speaks volumes about the quality of our courses but also the passion of our students.

Former student Jude now works as a midwife. She shares the best and the most challenging parts of her role and how studying our course prepared them for her career as a midwife.

Jude's employability case study

I'm a midwife at the Mid Essex Health Trust

I enjoy working with childbearing women and their families and supporting women in their birth journey. I also like providing good antenatal education and information enabling women to have informed choices and empowered births.

Being a midwife requires dedication and commitment; striking the right work life balance is an ongoing challenge. Supporting families with complex social needs and challenges is a steep learning curve and requires a good understanding of our role and responsibility to safeguarding.

I plan to return to university to undertake my Masters degree in Advanced Midwifery practice and hope to pursue a career in teaching.

[Studying at ARU] changed my life. It prepared me for an incredible career and made me a stronger and more confident person. I now believe I could do just about anything I set my mind to. The course is incredibly tough but it certainly prepares you for midwifery (which is also tough). My experience at ARU was positively life affirming.