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    asking for some advice... I want to be a midwife, it’s my dream job but the only thing that’s stopping me from pursuing this is the night shifts. I honestly don’t think I’d be able to cope with them. I need to decide on my course for uni soon and I’m not what to do. Is it compulsory to do night shifts or is there anything else similar to a midwife I could do that doesn’t involve night shifts? google wasn’t much help with this
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    as a student midwife, you will be expected to work a variety of shifts- nights, weekends, banks holidays, early shifts, late shifts etc. I know this because I am in my first year of a Mental Health Nursing degree. For my first placement, we were advised not to work nights just because it was our first, but from now on that will be expected of us. If you are thinking ahead to when you would be a qualified midwife, if you worked as a community midwife, as opposed to working on shifts in a hospital, then you may be working 9-5, but I am not sure about this. Either way, you will need to work nights as a student. Working unsociable and difficult hours is just part of the job, but it's just another sacrifice that you will have to make if you really want to pursue midwifery. Think about it this way- all nurses, healthcare/nursing assistant, midwives etc working on hospital wards all around the world manage with working night shifts and they are often paid slightly more per hour too! The prospect of working nights isn't lovely but I wouldn't let that put you off put you off pursuing your dreams
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    asking for some advice... I want to be a midwife, it’s my dream job but the only thing that’s stopping me from pursuing this is the night shifts. I honestly don’t think I’d be able to cope with them. I need to decide on my course for uni soon and I’m not what to do. Is it compulsory to do night shifts or is there anything else similar to a midwife I could do that doesn’t involve night shifts? google wasn’t much help with this
    Hi, as the previous poster said, you will be expected to do night shifts during the degree.
    To follow on from what the previous poster said about community midwifery, my friend is a community midwife & normally works 9-6 including some weekends & is occasionally on-call overnight (so has to be prepared to work overnight if needed) but I don’t know if that happens up & down the country.
    I understand the worry about not being able to cope with night shifts, but you may be surprised at how you can manage.
    In answer to your question about jobs similar to a midwife, you could look at becoming a maternity support worker/maternity care assistant in a hospital, you would normally be expected to work nights however you may be able to specify not working nights. Other than that you could look at paid roles within NCT perhaps, I can’t really think of anything else off the top of my head.
    I hope this helps.
 
 
 
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