Maternity Support Workers (MSWs) have a range of responsibilities in supporting women in pregnancy and childbirth.
As part of a team, MSWs may work in midwifery-led units, delivery suites, postnatal wards and within the community. MSWs provide information, guidance, reassurance and assistance to mothers and newborns, ensuring that they receive appropriate, safe and high-quality maternity care.
MSWs must have excellent communication skills and be able to work with people with different backgrounds and lifestyles. Typical duties include:
- helping to deliver care plans
- educating parents
- supporting families
- helping with parenting classes
- keeping records up to date
- taking blood samples
- preparing equipment