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‘MSWs are an important part of the maternity team’ says RCM

6 October, 2015

‘MSWs are an important part of the maternity team’ says RCM

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Following the success of the 2014 Maternity Support Worker conference The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) tomorrow Wednesday October 7th hosts its 2015 MSW conference in Sheffield.

This unique one day event allows MSWs and maternity care workers to come together to attend workshops and receive updates on professional developments at national level.

Delegates will take part in an interactive session led by RCM’s Chief Executive Cathy Warwick on how MSWs can enhance their contribution in the delivery of maternity care and hear from expert speakers on a range of topics including perinatal mental health.

Commenting on the role that MSWs dplay in maternity care RCM’s Director of Midwifery Louise Silverton says; “MSWs are an important part of the maternity team supporting midwives in their work. Their role can be quite varied including supporting the mother to implement advice given by the midwife on public health, baby care and infant feeding. As with midwifery care, continuity of support from an MSW can enhance a woman’s experience of her care.”

Supporting mothers to initiate and establish breastfeeding is a key element of maternity care and tomorrow delegates will also attend a breastfeeding workshop in Sheffield.

Commenting on this RCM’s Director of Midwifery Louise Silverton said; “Supporting mothers to initiate and establish breastfeeding is a key element of maternity care. Whilst midwives provide information and support for women immediately after birth, maternity support workers are a vital element in the ongoing support that women require.”

“Working with their midwifery colleagues they will seek assistance where the establishment of feeding does not go to course thus encouraging women to continue feeding until breastfeeding is fully established.”

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