# Maths in midwifery

How difficult is the maths in midwifery what I mean by that is is drug calculation extremely difficult
Original post by N478
How difficult is the maths in midwifery what I mean by that is is drug calculation extremely difficult

I don't work or study midwifery, but they typically are looking for someone with GCSE level maths. I have done a bit of googling for the material and I have found the following:
https://www.cambridgemaths.org/blogs/intersections-maths-and-the-midwife
https://www.jcu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/1215334/Mathematics-for-Nursing-and-Midwifery-8_9_2020.pdf
https://london.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/practice_drug_calculations_0.pdf

From what I can see, it's generally arithmetic. I don't know what's difficult maths means for you, but I very much doubt you would be handling trigonometry, geometry, or advanced calculus anytime soon.
Thank you so much!
Original post by MindMax2000
I don't work or study midwifery, but they typically are looking for someone with GCSE level maths. I have done a bit of googling for the material and I have found the following:
https://www.cambridgemaths.org/blogs/intersections-maths-and-the-midwife
https://www.jcu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/1215334/Mathematics-for-Nursing-and-Midwifery-8_9_2020.pdf
https://london.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/practice_drug_calculations_0.pdf

From what I can see, it's generally arithmetic. I don't know what's difficult maths means for you, but I very much doubt you would be handling trigonometry, geometry, or advanced calculus anytime soon.
Original post by N478
How difficult is the maths in midwifery what I mean by that is is drug calculation extremely difficult

It's basically multiplication, division, adding, subtraction.

It's to make sure you are capable of calculating the medications/ drugs that you are giving out to the patient.

Example will be if the doctor/consultant said that the patient to get 1000mg of paracetamol and 400mg of ibuprofen then you'll get from the medicine trolley - 2*500mg paracetamol tablets and 1 * 400mg ibuprofen tablet ( if no 400mg then you will need 2*200mg tablets instead) , similar thing when you are giving patient any IV fluids - you have to calculate the speed of flow and adjust it where necessary.

A newly qualified adult nurse and best luck with things 😺