As your family welcomes a new member, the expertise and high-standard of our Maternity Nurses allow you to fully appreciate these early, priceless moments.
Flexible, highly conscientious and reliable, your Maternity Nurse is a professional child-carer. As is customary, our extensive vetting process will validate their nursing credentials and employment experience. Other names they are known by are Maternity Practitioners and Postnatal Carers.
The first few days home from the hospital can be nervous and tiring ones, especially for first-time parents, or for difficult deliveries. Having a support system in place when you get home isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity and can make a profound difference in you and your family’s quality of life for the weeks and months ahead. Helping you navigate the journey with your child and understanding how best to accommodate their needs and health going forward is the primary concern of our Maternity Nurses, who are, by nature, warm and engaging individuals. Their comforting, confident presence will allow your family precious time to recuperate and smooth one of life’s biggest transitions into an active, manageable routine. Our Maternity Nurses have a unique personal touch and will set your mind at ease.
Promoting Rest and Recovery
Maternity nurses can also support mothers who have health challenges following a delivery; mothers who have had a C-section or who are experiencing post-natal depression are especially in need of support. Our maternity nurses will utilise their training and experience to share their knowledge and offer advice to mothers who are suffering from depression. Reassurance and understanding are the key elements a skilled maternity nurse can offer to a mother at this time.
Scheduling Options from Part-time to Full-time Maternity Nurse
Maternity nurse schedules can vary greatly and can be anything from around-the-clock, 24/7 shift to a few hours of support during the day or night, depending on the family requirements. Ideally, a nurse should have scheduled breaks and should also have a separate, private area for downtime where they can spend a few hours of rest and relaxation. Regular rest is critical in order for them to stay focused and alert and be able to perform to their best at all times when on duty.
Maternity Nanny: Not exactly a cross between a nurse and a nanny, a maternity nanny is more akin to a nurse, but without the formal credentials and training a nurse might have. They can, however, be very capable and experienced and can offer a high degree of infant and young child care for parents who might not require the full-service attention of a nurse.
Night-time Only Maternity Nurse: Night maternity nurses may live-in or live-out and will be able to work for up to 6 nights per week. These ‘slumber time specialists’ may or may not have the old stand-by Goodnight Moon in their bag of tricks, but they will most certainly specialise in various tactics to soothe and encourage wakeful babies to sleep throughout the night, giving parents those well-deserved and needed zzzzzzs; these nurses are a good option for practised parents who just need a little extra sleep. They can work for 10-12 hours per night and come to your home between 1 and 6 nights a week.
Daytime Only Maternity Nurse: Daily maternity nurses usually live-out and work for between 10 and 12 hours a day, and up to 6 days per week. They are the right option for families with limited space or who prefer not to have a live-in nurse but still need to benefit from what a maternity nurse can offer.
Breast Feeding Support
As feeding is important to both mother and baby, a maternity nurse can offer support to mothers who wish to breastfeed or bottle-feed. They can offer advice and show mothers, effective breastfeeding methods. A maternity nurse may also support during night feeds by bringing the baby to the mother during the night or by giving the baby expressed milk via a bottle per the mother’s desires.
Maternity Nurse Job Description
The role of the Maternity Nurse is to fully support the parents after birth. The maternity nurse is a great source of help and advice, not only about the development and well-being of the baby but also that of the new mother. Maternity nurses encourage parents’ involvement and confidence in handling their new baby and promote a positive relationship between other siblings and the new addition.
A maternity nurse will help the mother from the time she leaves hospital until both mother and baby are settled into a routine at home. The amount of time this transition requires can be anywhere from 4-8 weeks to a few months. If they are kept on past a few weeks, they can assist with age-appropriate stimulation is given such as singing, reading, playing simple games with the growing baby.
The role of maternity nurse is an intimate and personal one and requires a uniquely qualified individual, not just someone with the required credentials, but someone who is knowledgeable in caring for newborns and who is also warm and professional.
Basic requirements needed to become a Maternity Nurse include holding a Maternity Nurse Training qualification. Candidates are also required to hold a paediatric first aid certificate and a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service), commonly known as a ‘police check’.
Typical Maternity Nurse duties include:
- Provide emotional support to the family in dealing with the transition of having a new baby
- Support breastfeeding
- Be available and flexible to changing needs
- Help parents implement their requested routine and schedule for sleeping, meals, and naps
- Promote positive reactions and relations to the new baby from other siblings
- Keep a daily journal of babies’ schedules, medications, and development
- Transport babies to activities and appointments
- Supports the mother and family to feel confident in handing the newborn
- Monitor the baby’s weight gain, growth, and sleeping patterns
- Provide support to distressed parents, parents of multiples, and depressed mothers
- Feed babies (may include shopping for food and other baby-related items)
- Sterilise, clean, and prepare bottles
- Bathe, change, and settle babies
- Maintain all supplies and restock baby care items
- Keep the nursery tidy and organise baby’s clothing
- Take care of laundry, nursery, and equipment
- Keep age-appropriate toys clean and stored when not in use