An evaluation of the impact of maternity support workers

Griffin, Richard, Richardson, Margaret and Morris-Thompson, Trish (2012) An evaluation of the impact of maternity support workers. British Journal of Midwifery, 20 (12). ISSN 0969-4900

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Abstract

This article discusses the findings of a 2-year mixed methods evaluation of the impact of maternity support workers (MSWs) educated on London South Bank University’s Foundation Degree programme and employed in five London maternity services. It describes the tasks that have been delegated to them including mother and baby normal vital sign monitoring, cannulation, the taking of blood samples, breastfeeding advice, support and information in hospitals and the community, assisting with transfer from the labour to postnatal ward, organising discharge procedures from the hospital and participating in parenting classes. The evaluation found evidence that where the role was fully deployed it had a positive impact on a range of service outcomes including breastfeeding rates, lengths of stays and service capacity particularly in the community. The formal education programme was seen as key to providing midwives with the confidence to delegate tasks to MSWs.

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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 14:47
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 19:21
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/9989

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