What do Maternity Nurses do?
- Bathing & clothing a newborn
- Nappy changing (their experience with baby's 'deposits' can often put worried parents minds at rest)
- How and when to put baby down to sleep: position and appropriate clothing/ blankets
- Assisting mother in breast-feeding (rarely goes as smoothly as we are lead to believe in the NCT classes!) and advising with any issues, latching on, mastitis etc.
- Guidance in gentle burping (release of pockets of air taken in whilst feeding).
- If preparing some bottle feeds, the maternity nurse will show how this is done properly and safely and can teach parents how to express milk, sterilise all equipment and store expressed milk correctly.
- They will have knowledge and experience of issues a new baby / mother may experience; such as colic, nappy rash, jaundice.
- A maternity nurse will also know how to look after the new mother and ensure she is getting adequate, necessary rest. They are particularly helpful in this way to mother's who have undergone a ceasarian section.
- Vitally, a maternity nanny will also take over, during the day or night whenever the parents require it. This means the new parents can both rest and recuperate safe in the knowledge that someone kind and experienced is caring for their precious new bundle. This, for some, can be a real life saver!
- Maternity nurse will help in these crucial early days and can make this major life event a total joy.
Is a maternity nurse just for first time mothers?
Welcoming a new baby into the family is a huge event for all family members. Possibly, your older children/ toddlers may even develop some feelings of resentment towards the little newcomer, who takes up all their mummy and daddy's time! A maternity nurse is particularly helpful for taking the pressure off the new mother, allowing her to devote time to her older children/ toddlers whilst baby is being well looked after.
Maternity nurses are usually booked some time in advance; months or weeks. But if you have not already booked one, do not worry, we can still help you find a caring and experienced Maternity Nurse.
Payscale of a maternity nurse, what does a maternity nurse cost?
- Daily (24 hr) for a 1 baby: £200 - £300
- Daily (24 hr) for 2+ babies: £220 - £360
What is the difference between a maternity nurse and a maternity nanny?
Some people use these terms interchangeably but actually they are different roles. A maternity nurse is as described above, a live in, short-term newborn specialist. A maternity nanny on the other hand does not specialise in the earliest of a newborn day's. They might start caring for the newborn from birth (together with the mother) or at a few weeks or months old. A maternity nanny has a good amount of experience with new and older babies, but does not usually have the specialist training and qualifications of a maternity nurse. Their rates are therefore lower than a maternity nurse although maybe still slightly higher than a nanny who is caring for somewhat older children. A maternity nanny will work for a family for months and even years, if the arrangement is good for both sides.