Profession maternity support worker

Maternity support workers work together in a team with midwives and health professionals within the occupational fields of nursing and midwifery. They assist midwives and women in childbirth by providing the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, assist births and assist in providing care for the new-born.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Health education

    The factors affecting health and of the educational approach to assisting people to make healthy life choices.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Childbirth

    The process of delivering a baby, the symptoms and signs of labour, the expulsion of the baby and all the related steps and procedures, including the ones related to complications and pre-mature birth.

  • Pregnancy

    The process related to conception and development of the fetus in the mother`s womb, the symptoms of pregnancy, risks and complications, diseases and timing of childbirth.

  • Hygiene in a health care setting

    The procedures related to maintaining a hygienic environment within a health care setting such as hospitals and clinics. It can range from hand washing to cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment used and infection control methods.

Skills

  • Advise on family planning

    Provide advice on the use of birth control and methods of contraception available, on sexual education, prevention and management of sexually transmitted diseases, pre-conception counselling and fertility management.

  • Monitor basic patients signs

    Monitor basic patient vital signs and other signs, taking actions as indicated by the nurse and report to her/him as appropriate.

  • Work with nursing staff

    Work together with nurses and other health professionals in supporting the delivery of basic patient care.

  • Assist on pregnancy abnormality

    Support the mother in case of abnormality signs during the pregnancy period and call the doctor in emergency cases.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Provide pre-natal care

    Monitor the normal progression of pregnancy and development of foetus by prescribing regular check-ups for prevention, detection and treatment of health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

  • Advise on control of conception

    Provide advice on the various types of methods used to prevent pregnancy such as contraceptives or condoms.

  • Advise on pregnancies at risk

    Identify and provide advice on the early signs of risk pregnancies.

  • Empathise with the woman's family during and after pregnancy

    Demonstrate empathy with women and their families during pregancy, childbirth labour and in the post partum period.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Support nurses

    Support nurses with the preparation and delivery of diagnostic and treatment interventions.

  • Advise on pregnancy

    Counsel patients on normal changes occurring in pregnancy, providing advice on nutrition, drug effects and other lifestyle changes.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Deal with emergency care situations

    Assess the signs and be well-prepared for a situation that poses an immediate threat to a person's health, security, property or environment.  

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Work in a multicultural environment in health care

    Interact, relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of different cultures, when working in a healthcare environment.

  • Work under supervision in care

    Work under delegation and supervision of nurses to support nursing care and administration.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Provide basic support to patients

    Support patients and citizens with activities of daily living, such as hygiene, comfort, mobilisation and feeding needs.

  • Examine the new-born infant

    Perform a neonatal examination to identify any danger signs, to assess the normal adaptations of a newborn after birth and to identify birth defects or birth trauma.

  • Care for the new-born infant

    Take care of the newly born baby by performing actions such as feeding him/her at regular hours, checking his/her vital signs and changing diapers.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Identify abnormalities

    Identify what is normal and abnormal concerning the well-being of patients, through experience and instruction, reporting to the nurses what is abnormal.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Communicate with nursing staff

    Communicate with nurses and other health professionals ensuring the delivery of quality and safe patient care.

  • Provide postnatal care

    Provide care to the mother and the new-born child following birth, ensuring that the new-born and the mother are healthy and that the mother is capable of taking care of her new-born.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply context specific clinical competences provide health education embryology use different communication channels monitor pregnancy preparation for parenthood have computer literacy preparation for child delivery anaesthetics assess the course of breast-feeding period microbiology-bacteriology promote health and safety analgesics sex education postpartum period distribute meals to patients neonatology

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