I know midwives work in varied settings (clinic, birth center, private practice w/docs, employed by hospital), and also varied hours/schedules.
My question is, Midwives (or those who can answer), if you work in a hospital do you do shift work? How often are you on call? Please describe how you (or the midwife you know) works.
I will answer my own question: The midwife I know works with doctors and one other midwife in a private practice. She is on call every third weekend and 1-2 days per week, on top of daily office hours.
Sep 6, '04
Our midwives worked with the doctors, in the practice, keeping those office hours. Plus, of course, they delivered all their own patients. They took turns being on call among them. Where I work now has no midwives (but used to). They worked the same way.
Sep 6, '04
The midwives I work with now are employed by the hospital. They usually do 1 or 2 8-hour clinic days a week anad 1 or 2 12 hour shifts in the hospital where they do deliver any of the patients from their various clinics that they work for.