A full time Maternity Nurse, also known as Baby Nurse or Post Natal Carer, are qualified nurses or/and highly- trained nannies with extensive newborn experience. They will teach you how to take care of your baby, building your confidence as parents and providing you with the support you will need. Whether you opt for breastfeeding or bottle feeding, a structured or more flexible routine or something in the middle, a Maternity Nurse will support your personal choices.
The main responsibilities of a private Maternity Nurse involve:
care for your newborn baby
organize a fully and workable routine with the family to create an ideal environment
setting up sleeping patterns and caring for the baby through out the night
supervise and keep tidy the baby’s room
support and encouragement with breast feeding
ensure full safety and hygiene around the baby at all times
day-to-day laundry for the baby
Private Maternity Nurses are on call for 24 hours a day, they are expected to work 5 or 6 days a week. Full time Maternity Nurses have a wealth of experience to offer to you as parents and they are a great source of help and advice, not only about the development and well being of the baby, but also that of the mother. All candidates will have an up to date Pediatric First Aid certificate and an Enhanced DBS disclosure. Generally most of them will have qualifications such as the MNT or NEST certificates.
Maternity Nurses are all self-employed, they charge a gross hourly rate from which they settle their own taxes and insurance. They usually charge between: