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Maternity Support: Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

Level: 3
Duration: 18 months

Maternity Support Workers assist midwives to look after pregnant women, mothers and new born babies in a range of settings. Under the supervision of a registered midwife, you will contribute to the care of women antenatally and during birth, and of women and babies postnatally. You will support new parents to care for their baby and to develop confidence and bonding.

Entry requirements:

Health and Social Care experience and a minimum of two GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English is desirable.

Where will I study:

Training 2000 Blackburn OR your employers location (depending on cohort size)

What will I learn?

You will be able to:

  • assist the maternity team with delegated clinical tasks
  • recognise any deterioration in mental and emotional wellbeing and respond appropriately
  • assist the midwife with teaching bathing, breastfeeding, parenting skills and post-natal exercises
  • undertake a range of physiological measurements using the appropriate equipment
  • obtain and test venous and capillary blood samples and other specimens
  • assist other practitioners with performing ultrasound scans
  • provide support to other practitioners with instrumental deliveries
  • carry out Emergency First Aid and assist midwife with neonatal resuscitation
  • support women with general personal hygiene, carrying it out for those unable to, including care for women with urethral catheters

You will know and understand:

  • your role in deliveries including cleaning, filling and maintaining the birthing pool to correct temperature, maintaining the birthing environment and resources
    possible signs of mental ill health and depression and the potential impact of pregnancy, labour, delivery or parenthood
  • your role in antenatal and postnatal health education
  • the range of physiological states that can be measured including body temperature, height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, urinary output, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, and blood sugar levels; the normal ranges and how to report deviations; the types of equipment used for measuring physiological states in adults and how to check they are in working order, as well as recording all findings accurately
  • how to take and test venous and capillary blood and other specimens
  • ways to position individuals for ultrasound scanning
  • how to lay up trolleys for instrumental deliveries, opening packs, gathering equipment and disposal; how to support the midwife to prepare women for caesarean section and care for them post-operatively, including measuring for TED stockings, providing a gown, positioning them and undertaking physiological measurements
  • first aid and resuscitation techniques for babies
  • how to wash, dress and support an adult to use the toilet; ways to manage situations in which the adult cannot do these things for themselves; reasons why a urethral catheter is in place and the importance of regular monitoring
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Date last updated:06 May 2021

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