Maternity Care Assistant means an employee who works in a supportive role to the midwifery team and is able to perform tasks relating to the care of pregnant women, new mothers, babies and their wellbeing. They take a housekeeping role to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive of families. They work solely under the direction and supervision of a midwife.
MATERNITY CARE ASSITANTS ARE NOT MIDWIVES OR NURSES; NEITHER ARE THEY TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS. THEY ARE MATERNITY SUPPORT WORKERS.
Their duties include:
Record Keeping & Documentation
Provide support, companionship and care to maternity patients.
Vital signs assessment
Perform observations on neonates which include Temperature, Respirations, heart rate and blood glucose monitoring and report any deviations from normal.
Understand and respond to clinical emergencies.
Support mothers with the introduction of infant feeding
And lots more…
Every mother goes through unbearable pain and immense risks while in labour. They require proper care and assistance to undergo the whole process. The Maternity Care Assistant Program is built to train interested individuals to support the mothers through the tough times and provide care to the child. The Maternity Care Assistant Program is designed to equip you with the skills and abilities of a proficient maternity care assistant.
While in school, you will be instructed on a broad range of subjects, including infection control, communication and interpersonal skills, safety and emergency procedures, medical terminology and abbreviation used in maternity care, reproductive anatomy and psychology and fundamental skills to provide antenatal, intrapartum care and postnatal care. You will gain the real-life knowledge, skills, and competence required to support the midwife in a maternity facility, all taught in a friendly welcoming student-centered learning environment with Professional Midwives to teach, instruct, support, mentor, and guides you through the skills, knowledge, and understanding of maternity care support.
This is a NVQ 4 professional training (equivalent to NHS Band 3), that impacts the knowledge, skills and equips you to work under the supervision of a Midwife.
As of Feb 4, 2023, the average annual pay for a Maternity Support Worker in the United States is $40,670 a year; Approx. $20 per hour.
Under NHS Agenda for Change, maternity support workers start on Band 2, £21,814 to £23,820 a year. With promotion your salary would rise to Band 3, £23,914 to £25,808 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2022.
(CLINICAL) PRACTICUM – 200 HOURS
INTRODUCTION TO MATERNITY CARE
The Role and Responsibility of An MCA
Ethical and legal behaviour that maintains resident’s rights.
Communication skills and Interpersonal Relationships
Safety and Infection Control
Medical Terminology FOR MCA
Environmental Comfort and rest.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
The URINARY System
The Cardiovascular System
The Endocrine System
THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
STAGES OF PREGNANCY
- Nutritional Requirements and Techniques
- SUPPORT OF A HEALTHY PREGNANCY
- LABOUR/ STAGES/ CARE
- PERSONAL CARE SKILLS
- Bathing Procedures
- Dressing and Undressing
- PERINATAL & POSTNATAL MENTAL HEALTH
- INFANT CARE/FEEDING
- NEWBORN INFECTIONS
UNIT FOUR – NURSING CARE
- Urinary Bladder Elimination
- Bowel Elimination
- Unsterile Warm and Cold Applications
- Sitz Bath
- Warm Compresses
- Pulse Rate
- Respiratory Rate
- Blood Pressure
- Weight & Height
Pain Management, Comfort, Rest, and Sleep
- Caesarean SECTION
The basic requirement for admission is a WAEC, GCE, NECO certification, or its equivalent. 5 credits are mandatory, to include Mathematics, English Language and Biology.
DOMESTIC / RESIDENT STUDENTS:
The cost of our online Diploma course is 300,000NGN (currently discounted at 200,000NGN until 1st of January 2024), no installment payment is available.
INTERNATIONAL / NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS:
International students are to pay $300 for the cost of the entire fee. Registration and enrollment is slightly different, a course advisor would be assigned to you.
Lecture are taken online, provided by highly skilled Doctors, Midwives, Anatomists, Physiologist and Physiotherapist.
Tuition covers online lectures, e-book, handouts, quizzes, exams and all the material required for this course; also a detailed visual practical sessions. It is self-paced, but designed to cover a minimum of a 3-months duration and a maximum of a 6-months duration.
On successful completion, a diploma will be awarded which can be used to gain employment in the UK and the US as well as Nigeria as a Maternity Care Assistant / Maternity Support Worker. Also, it can be used as an adjunct to nursing school admission requirement, providing the necessary medical background needed.
To register, fill the form below…