Maternity support workers help midwives provide care to women and their babies, before, during and after childbirth.
Salary range: £17,562 to £23,761
How to become a maternity support worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a college course to get into this job. Relevant subjects include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Work Preparation for Health and Social Care
- Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
- Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
Most health and social care courses include work placements so this could be a good way of getting experience.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship as a healthcare support worker.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could start as a healthcare assistant and learn on the job. You could move into maternity work through further training and promotion.
Volunteering and experience
You’ll find it useful to get some paid or unpaid voluntary experience in a healthcare setting or a role working with children and families.
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got relevant skills and experience from work like child care or health-related roles.
Employers may ask for a qualification in a child care or health-related subject, and experience of working with people.
You can find out more about becoming a maternity support worker from Health Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- knowledge of medicine and dentistry
- 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
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
What you’ll do
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
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.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience you could become a senior support worker, or train as a midwife or adult nurse.