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Maternity support worker

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

Annual Salary

£18,545 to £24,881

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on a rota

Future employment

There will be 8% more Maternity support worker jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

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

  • help to care for mothers and babies
  • do routine checks like blood pressure or temperature
  • provide support to families in labour wards and maternity theatres
  • help with parenting classes
  • collect statistics, keep records up-to-date and do routine admin
  • report problems to a midwife or a nurse
  • help on wards and other clinical areas

Working environment

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 and emotionally demanding.

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 Child Development and 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.

Entry requirements

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
For more information

You could start on a healthcare support worker intermediate apprenticeship. This would give you the skills and knowledge to move on to an advanced apprenticeship as a senior healthcare support worker.

On the advanced apprenticeship you can follow the maternity support option.

This typically takes between 18 and 24 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and study.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
For more information

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 work 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.

Direct application

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.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

When applying for jobs, you'll be expected to show an understanding of how NHS values apply in your work.

Further information

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

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With experience you could become a senior support worker, or train as an assistant practitioner, nursing associate, midwife or nurse.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • 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
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