answersThere are more and more midwives in our country. On the occasion of International Day of the Midwife on May 5th, Jobat.be is – literally – shining this life-defining job into the spotlight. What are the advantages? How much does a midwife earn on average and where are there vacancies? Marilyn Raines, president of the Flemish Organization of Midwives (VBOV), speaks.
Written by Thomas Russell in collaboration with Jobat
In our country there are approximately 14,000 active midwives, including 9,000 in Flanders and Brussels. “This number is rising. A lot of people are currently studying for the job. Not every graduate midwife finds a job in this sector. Many midwives continue their studies or do an additional nursing course. In certain regions, such as Brussels, there is a call for primary care midwives. Midwife practices don’t fill vacancies there, says Marilyn Raines.
The best profession in the world
Midwives work in both home care and hospitals. There are paid midwives and self-employed midwives who help mother and baby. For Reigns, this is without a doubt the most beautiful profession in the world. “It is such an honor to be present during the most important moment in life,” she says.
Midwives have a clear vision and mission in their field of work. They create an environment in which a woman can grow into motherhood. Midwives are playing an increasing role in antenatal consultations, both independently and in collaboration with gynecologists and general practitioners. In this way, future fathers are well informed, professionally supervised and physiologically monitored for labor and delivery.”
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Midwives have to show a lot of flexibility. In the hospital, for example, they often work at night and during weekends and holidays. “As a self-employed person, the job is also very demanding towards 24/7 accessibility,” says Rains. “It is good that more and more midwives are working together in practices. The midwife also has a particularly big responsibility, but you can also experience that as an advantage.”
Total 3100 euros as a beginner
The average gross salary of a full-time employee in the health sector last year was 3,643 euros, according to recent Salariscompas from GUBAT. Anyone starting out in the healthcare sector today automatically falls under the IFIC rating system.
Several factors play a role in wages. The primary midwife earns about 3100 euros. If you add the allowances as well, taking into account two weekends a month and seven late shifts, you come to roughly 3,500 euros in total. This comes down to 2,200 euros a month, net good,” says Rains. “A self-employed midwife gets paid below the standard: 1,200 to 2,000 euros net, for many hours of work. We and VBOV are requesting a reconsideration of the naming.”
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