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Maternity support worker

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £22,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

1. Entry requirements

Most employers will expect you to have:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths
  • paid or voluntary experience of working with children and families

You could take a college course in health and social care, but this isn’t essential.

Many colleges offer pre-employment programmes for people looking to move into healthcare work.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

As you’ll be working with children or vulnerable adults, you'll also usually need an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • empathy and a caring and supportive attitude

3. What you'll do

You’ll work under the direction of a qualified midwife. 

Your day-to-day duties might include:

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

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £19,000

Experienced: up to £22,000

You may get additional allowances for working unsocial hours.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week on a shift or rota system. This will include nights, bank holidays and weekends.

You’ll spend some of your day travelling between clients if you work in the community.

The job is physically demanding.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 13 September 2017