What is a Maternity Support Worker?

A maternity support worker (MSW) may also be known as a maternity healthcare support workers or midwifery assistants. Maternity support workers assist midwives in caring for women and their babies through the vital stages of pregnancy, childbirth and the first few days of birth. As a MSW you will work under the supervision of a registered midwife.

The role may include:

  • helping to care for mothers and babies
  • taking routine observations (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, breathing, etc.)
  • documentation, record keeping and other admin tasks
  • educating parents one-to-one or in groups
  • taking blood samples for testing
  • ordering stationery and equipment
  • preparing equipment
  • promoting breastfeeding
  • reporting problems to a registered midwife or nurse


In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough you will find MSW in:

  • In the community
  • Post-natal wards
  • Maternity theatres
  • Delivery suites
  • Midwifery led units