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Maternity support worker

Maternity support workers help midwives provide care to women and their babies, before, during and after childbirth.

Potential salary

£18,005 to £24,157

Employment by 2024

+5.86%

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

  • knowledge of neonatal health and medicine
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As part of your day-to-day duties, you might:

  • share information with midwives about the condition of mothers and babies
  • help to deliver care plans
  • provide women with support to help them look after themselves and their baby on their own
  • provide support to families in labour wards and maternity theatres
  • help with parenting classes
  • collect statistics, keep records up-to-date and make sure that procedures are followed
  • help on wards and other clinical areas

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, in the community or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

With experience you could become a senior support worker, or train as a midwife or adult nurse.

You can find out more about becoming a maternity support worker from Health Careers.

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