Hi, I'm a midwife in the UK in the process of relocating to the US as my husband is American. I am also an RN and have a job lined up in ICU in San Fransisco.
For those of you that dont know, a midwife here in the UK is an independent practitioner who cares for women with normal pregnancies in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods. Women with uncomplicated pregnancies are usually midwifery led, they do not see a doctor throughout their pregnancy and are cared for solely by midwives, who also deliver thier babies. In fact between 75-80% of all births in the UK are attended and delivered by midwives either in hospital or at home. The emphasis being very much on demedicalising the process of birth.
Women and their babies are cared for by midwives from conception until 28 days after the birth. I love being a midwife here, I enjoy the autonomy and rewards that come with the job.
I know the system over there is very different but would like to know what exactly is the role of a midwife or ob-gyn nurse. I have considered working in that role in the US, but get the impression I would be doing a very different job. Please enlighten me!!