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Maternity Care Essentials: From Reproductive Anatomy to Infant Feeding

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10 CPD hours / points
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Are you looking to break into the rewarding field of maternity care? With UK average salaries for maternity care assistants ranging from £19,000 to £28,000 per year, it's a lucrative and fulfilling career path. Our 'Maternity Care Essentials' course covers the fundamentals of maternity care, from reproductive anatomy to infant feeding. With 16 modules curated by experienced professionals, you'll learn the necessary skills to support mothers and babies throughout the perinatal period. Gain insight into the key terminology, anatomical and physiological concepts, and effective communication techniques required for this vital role. Join our course today and embark on a fulfilling career as a maternity care assistant.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the foundational concepts of maternity care and its essential role in the perinatal period.
  • Develop knowledge of key terminology and abbreviations necessary for effective communication as a maternity care assistant.
  • Acquire a deep understanding of reproductive anatomy and physiology, including antenatal care and screening.
  • Learn the skills necessary to support labour, including intrapartum care and management of the third stage of work.
  • Gain expertise in postnatal care, including care of healthy newborns and infant feeding.
  • Understand the importance of perinatal mental health and learn strategies for supporting a healthy pregnancy.
  • Develop key empathy, comfort, and teamwork skills essential for success as a maternity care assistant.


10 CPD hours / points
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Our 'Maternity Care Essentials' course provides a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts necessary for a successful career as a maternity care assistant. With 16 modules, students will gain knowledge in key areas such as reproductive anatomy and physiology, antenatal care and screening, intrapartum and postnatal care, and infant feeding. The course also includes modules on perinatal mental health, effective communication, empathy and comfort skills, and teamwork.

Students will gain an understanding of the essential terminology and abbreviations necessary for effective communication as a maternity care assistant. With in-depth knowledge of reproductive anatomy and physiology, students can provide crucial support in antenatal care and screening, intrapartum care, and management of the third stage of labour. Modules of postnatal care, including care of the healthy newborn and infant feeding, prepare students to provide essential care in the postnatal period.

This course is ideal for individuals interested in a career as a maternity care assistant and healthcare professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of maternity care practices. Students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success in this rewarding field.

Disclaimer: Our course is not professional, and completing it will not qualify or guarantee learners to work professionally.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals seeking a rewarding career as a maternity care assistant.
  • Healthcare professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of maternity care practices.
  • Nursing students exploring career options in maternal and newborn care.
  • Doulas and birth workers looking to enhance their understanding of maternity care.
  • Anyone passionate about supporting mothers, babies, and families throughout the perinatal period.

Career path

  • Maternity Care Assistant: £19,000 - £28,000 per annum
  • Assistant Practitioner (Maternity): £21,892 - £24,157 per annum
  • Senior Maternity Support Worker: £24,907 - £30,615 per annum
  • Midwifery Support Worker: £18,005 - £19,337 per annum
  • Maternity Support Worker Coordinator: £24,907 - £30,615 per annum
  • Team Leader (Maternity): £30,000 - £37,000 per annum

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How would I cover all these modules in 8 hours?


Dear Marie, Good Afternoon. You will have Lifetime access to the course so you can study and complete the course at your own pace.

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