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I'm new and thinking of becoming a midwifery assistant. help!

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  1. WaterBabies87

    WaterBabies87 New Member

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    Heya,

    I was looking on Ask.com and found this website which looks incredibly helpful and I'm hoping to get lots of answers on here!

    I am just wondering really how can I train to be a midwifery assistant?
    Would I have to go to uni or be able to train at college or from home?
    How long would it take to train?
    What qualifications do I need to train?
    What would I do as such? I know a few things but the net isn't that helpful!
    Would I work in a hospital or with the community or home births? Can you choose what you want to do or do you get called to wherever?

    Thank you for reading this far!

    Basically for GCSE's I have a C in English, C in IT, E in Maths, D in Double Science and D's in French, Drama and Art. I'm thinking I will have to retake Science and Maths and get at least C's?

    I have no A-Levels either.

    If I have to re-take Maths and Science...what Science in particular? and could I scrape through with a C or would I need more than that? (I would obviously try my hardest to get as much as possible!)

    Sorry for all the questions, I am really new to this!

    I'm 22 and married (No children) and will be moving to North Cornwall in a few weeks so I'm thinking my training will be around Plymouth or maybe Truro?

    I think that's enough for now!

    Thank you for reading.

    x
     
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  2. COS

    COS Student Midwife 2009!

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    Do you mean you would like to be a Maternity Care Assistant? MCA's are similar to Health care assistants which used to be known as auxillary nurses. The only difference is that they work on the mat wards. If this is what you are looking for then you wouldnt need to go to uni. Getting a job as an MCA can be very hard as a lot of people want these jobs. Many people have worked as HCA's first and even these jobs are hard to come by. Getting health care experience somewhere else usually helps applications so perhaps working in a home for the elderly or a hospice may help get the experience to move into hospital work and then possibly MCA work. Someone may know more than me but as an MCA you will be expected to work all shifts (including nights and weekends) The work is generally helping out with various tasks, bathing babies and assisting women in their personal hygiene whilst keeping the wards tidy. You will be expected to deal with bodily fluids and possibly help out tasks such as preparing a baby who has died to be taken to its parents. You wont really have an awful lot to do with births and you wont make important patient decisions and you wont go out on community. For this you would need to become a midwife and go to university.
     
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  3. iolaus

    iolaus RM and Head of Clinical Practice
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    You can get MCA posts for community but they are rare

    They help midwives in clinics, some go out and do breastfeeding advice -
     
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    COS Student Midwife 2009!

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    Cool I never knew that - must be rare though! Oh well you learn something new everyday!
     
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    Hiya, hope my answer helps.

    I'm a HCA on a maternity ward in Manchester, and there arent any pre-requistes regarding qualifications. I think a willingness to learn and a genuine interest in the field is usually more than enough.

    Most posts are attached to an NVQ L3 course, and within that you could resit any GCSEs you needed (usually maths and science) and then become a qualified care assistant.

    In my experience, you rotate on a 12-16 week basis between the post & antenatal wards as well as the delivery suite and whatever kind of triage/assessment centre your hospital has.

    My trust does have HCAs in the community but they dont rotate (been there so long!) so unfortunately those types of posts are few and far between. If the hospital your interested in has a birth centre/midwifery led unit, then you will get some experience of those types of low risk births.

    As far as the job description goes, the person above is a little wrong. While the job isnt as focused around births, you would get to see some and for those that are "normal" you (once you've gotten experience) could go in towards the end of the delivery to take the baby, dry it, and help with skin to skin and early feeding. Besides that, theres making beds, stocking rooms with necessary equipment, some cleaning, breastfeeding support and general helpful tasks, such as taking blood pressure etc.

    Hope all of that helps. Some days I love my role, some days its horrid. But the experience, for me, is invaluable as I want to go onto midwifery and I think its helpful to have this knowledge and experience behind me.

    Email with any questions!
     
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    Becca1991 Well-Known Member

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    really want to become a MCA... but i dont know how to go about it? at the moment I am a bank nursing assistant, whilst doing my national diploma in health and social care (level 3) im leaving college in the next few months and really want to get into the maternity care, as I want to become a midwife. So do you know how I should go about this? Or who I should be talking to? Any info will be greatly appreciated..
    Becca x
     
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