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Maternity Support Workers & Midwifery Assistants

Maternity Support Workers (MSWs) and Midwifery Assistants (MAs) are an integral part of the maternity workforce and play an important role in supporting midwives,  maternity teams, mothers and their babies throughout pregnancy, labour and in the postnatal period.

However, within the current workforce, the roles, responsibilities and job titles of MSWs and MAs in England vary widely. Health Education England (HEE) is leading on work to address this and professionalise the roles with consistency of job descriptions, salaries and opportunities for development.  

HEE has developed a MSW Competency, Education and Career Development Framework and given the Humber, Coast and Vale Local Maternity System (HCV LMS) Trusts funding to employ Bec Holmes as our MSW Project Midwife from October 2020 for 6 months, to discuss roles and career development opportunities with all the HCV LMS MSWs and MAs.

All MSWs and MAs are asked to complete this Survey Monkey questionnaire:


In addition to the questionnaire MSWs and MAs will also be offered a 1-1 appointment to discuss their own personal development.

This will give the MSW Project Midwife an overall picture of the entire workforce and allow her to review requirements for development tailored to the specific needs of MSWs and MAs within their respective Hospital Trusts.

Future plans include working closely with local universities to develop bespoke training programmes and opportunities for development for the MSWs and MAs that wish to progress.

If you have any questions regarding this programme please email hullccg.hcvlms@nhs.net and/or rebecca.holmes25@nhs.net.



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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.