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Diane Lane

Maternity support worker
Diane Lane

With the support of the team, I very quickly picked up skills I never thought I’d have.

What is it like?

At the Rosie Maternity hospital we look after women:

  • who are trying to fall pregnant
  • who are pregnant
  • in labour
  • who have had their babies

We provide all aspects of care, both for women who are having a normal pregnancy and birth, and for those with problems affecting the woman or the baby.

We believe the well-being of women and their families come first. Our philosophy of care is grounded in the belief that each woman’s labour and birth is unique, special and a celebratory occasion. Every woman has her own ideas about how she would like her baby to be born – be it at home or in hospital, what we do is assist the mother to achieve this wherever possible.

What will I do?

As a maternity care assistant your main tasks will include:

  • Carrying out observations to monitor for changes in the condition of the woman and/or baby
  • Reporting these changes or any cause for concern to the midwife/nurse
  • Accompanying women to other clinical departments under the direction of the midwife/nurse
  • Helping the midwife to care for women in labour, during delivery and the postnatal period

You will need to be an excellent communicator, with sympathy and compassion. You will have a commitment to respecting the dignity of your patients, no matter what happens.

This is not a role for the squeamish or the faint-hearted. Even a normal labour can be a challenging and messy business, and when things go wrong the situation may by heartbreaking.

However, for the most part, the Rosie is one of the most satisfying and joyful places to work in the Trust.