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Maternity support worker- good way to start?

Discussion in 'Thinking Of Applying' started by lizardqueen, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. lizardqueen

    lizardqueen New Member

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    Hello all

    First day on here today but have found the wesbite really useful so far.

    I am really looking for some advice on what to do next...I am at a bit of a cross roads in my career - i've been working as a civil servant since I left Uni and really do need a change. I would like to work in a caring profession and haven't 100% made my mind up what that is yet - so please bear with me.:phew:

    I am looking into Midwifery in the long term, although I have got a good academic record, I have not got a science background at and no caring work experience. I have been looking at the various routes into midwifery and came across jobs as a maternity support worker which according to the NHS website allow you to work and then progress to study too (perhaps on the 5 year pt degree?). I just wondered if anyone has any experience of this actually being the case or if its one of those things that is intended but financially your department won't let you go on the training course as they need you to be there working! (sorry if thats a bit cynical!). also I understand I would need an healthcare NVQ 2/3?

    In terms of the other q's that have been asked on the website about have you got what it takes I answer yes to pretty much all of them - realise its not all babies & fluff, can do wee, poo, blood, vomit - funnily enough I have always been the one in the family happy to look after elderly relatives or sick mum and dealt with these kinds of things in the past, have support from my husband who just wants me to find something I am happy with (I am a real miserable moo at the moment) and shifts wise is happy, it might mean that we put having a family on the back burner for a while (I am 28), and would need to continue doing some kind of work for financial reasons.

    Well if you are still with me then thank you very much and I am grateful for any advice that anyone can offer.:rofl:
     
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  2. Kizzi

    Kizzi Well-Known Member

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    I don't know anyone who has become a midwife via this route unfortunately, but getting a job as a maternity support work is really good in terms of experience for your personal statement, if you opted to do the three year degree. sorry cannot be of any real help, but getting a job within the field will help you decide anyway, so perhaps you should go for it, if there is one available.

    xx
     
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  3. flumpet

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    In my experience Maternity Support Worker posts are not advertised often, I've never seen one advertised in quite a few years of looking. This may be regional but could also be because Midwifery/Maternity Care Assistants are so much cheaper to employ.

    Maternity Support Workers are on NHS Band 4 and Maternity Care Assistant jobs are NHS Band 2, that makes a huge difference in salary. From memory the MCA pay band starts at just over £13,000.

    I have heard of someone being offered a Seconded place at Uni (where salary is paid during training) and then the funding being pulled by to cutbacks.

    Hope you find something to make you happier, it is horrible being in a job that makes you unhappy. I don't have a care, science or health background and have just been offered an MCA job and a place at Uni. Passion, dedication and enthusiasm can get you a long way.

    Good luck x x
     
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  4. sozan

    sozan New Member

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    I am also interested to do a degree in midwifery. I'm currently working as a maternity support family worker and I'm very happy with my job, hopping to get a place at a university as i have gained most of the relevant skills needed for a midwifery degree, i think my role as a msfw was a great place to start before i was definately sure of becoming a midwife. my employer is not very keen on the idea of me leaving the job as it takes a lot of training and money before they can let someone to work on their own and therefore they are not so happy if i left, but anyway, they are happy for me as they tolled me, i will make a good midwife and that this is the best step i'm taking in my life, so please don't worry as no matter what you do, or who you work for its all down to you who you want to be. at the end of the day you will be helping women and their families and will probably work for the nhs.
    good lock to everyone xxxxx hope this has helped
     
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