What's midwifery like?

  1. I'm a 17 year old student in my last year of high school in Australia. For most of my years at high school, nursing was probably the only career i had wanted to follow when i graduate. However, i want to be aware of the pros and cons of nursing. My area of interest is in doing midwifery. Can anyone tell me (in detail) what being a midwife involves? I really want to be sure i'm totally prepare to becoming a midwife. One of my biggest fears of being a nurse/midwife is my inability to cope in case of an emergency (another major fear is that i'll drop a baby). May sound silly, but that's probably the only thing holding me back (except for my dad, he thinks being a nurse is degrading. Wait until i prove him wrong!) BTW, can anyone tell me about the salary with midwifery? Is it true that they generally get paid more than the average RN? And if there are any nurses here from Melbourne, Victoria. Can anyone recommend a good uni?
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