We have designed this innovative one-year Higher Education Certificate as a gateway for people wanting to move into a career in maternity care or to consolidate their existing skills in this sector.
If you are currently a maternity care support worker or a nursery nurse working in maternity services, this flexible full time course is an ideal route to enhance your professional practice skills and pave the way to further career development or study opportunities.
If you are or would like to become a self-employed doula, you will also learn valuable business development skills including financial planning and records, tax issues, and marketing.
With a strong focus on self-development, self-awareness, and holistic skills, you will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of key aspects of physiology, family, society, communication, culture, health, and maternity care services in the UK.
WHY MATERNITY CARE AT SWANSEA UNIVERSITY?
You will be studying in a department with an international reputation, and this course has been recognised by UNICEF UK, which has awarded it Level 1 Baby Friendly Initiative status.
Our Midwifery and Reproductive Health team have extensive expertise in maternity care with a strong focus on empowering women and families throughout the pregnancy, birth and the early parenting process.
Many of the team are active in maternity research and are driven to try to improve knowledge and understanding of women’s bodies, experiences, and needs during the transition to motherhood.
In addition to the Swansea University Open Days we also have the following events coming up:
Health Careers Open Day in Aberystwyth on May 1st 2019 – Register
West Wales Open Evening in Carmarthen on May 15 2019 – Register
YOUR MATERNITY CARE EXPERIENCE
Our blended learning approach, which combines taught sessions with self-directed learning, will give you the flexibility to fit your studies around your other work or family commitments.
MATERNITY CARE CAREERS
On completing this course there will be a number of career opportunities open to you.
Self-employed doula: The increasing popularity of lay support in childbearing and recent changes to the provision of midwifery care means that many women are now choosing a doula to give them one-to-one support during their pregnancy, labour, and the in the weeks following childbirth.
Maternity Support Worker/Maternity Care Assistant (MSWs): as an MSW, you would carry out a range of tasks either in the hospital or a community setting, including breastfeeding support, basic assessment of maternal wellbeing, provision of health information and health promotion, and provision of clinical support to midwives and doctors providing maternity care.
Further study: if you would like to consider continuing with your education, there are a variety of courses available to you. Many of our successful students apply to study Midwifery, Nursing and Health and Social Care degrees.