What Is a Maternity Nurse?
For many of you, new parents, a maternity nurse is the best way to properly start parenting. Following the birth, a maternity nurse will take care of mother and baby during the first crucial weeks. Whether your baby is breast or bottle fed, she will perform nursery duties and take care of all aspects of the baby’s care:
- Looking after your baby
- Cleaning and washing baby items
- Making sure the nursery and feeding equipment are clean and tidy
A maternity nurse must be skilled in caring for and teaching new parents how to care for their newborn baby. She should be supportive and allow parents time to recover from the birth and be at their best for their baby.
What Are the Needs of a Maternity Nurse?
Since a maternity nurse is usually live-in, you will need to provide:
- A room
- Use of a bathroom
A private space is necessary so that she can spend her off-time uninterrupted. You will also be responsible for providing meals and food for your maternity nurse because she will have little time for anything else besides your baby.
She is on duty for the most of the day and up to six days a week. This is a tight schedule, so it is important that you allow sufficient time so that she can rest and be up to the task the whole time she cares for your newborn.
How Do I Choose a Maternity Nurse?
When choosing your maternity nurse, personality plays a huge role in the decision-making process. Before starting your search, it is important to keep in mind that many maternity nurses are booked up well in advance so it is better to start looking early enough. Make a list of the key attributes you are looking for and questions to ask the prospective maternity nurse. By openly stating your expectations right away, you will soon get a clear idea of who fits best.
While a maternity nurse will carry out the standard nursery duties you should not expect from her to care for other children in your home. The primary responsibility is caring for your newborn and creating healthy routines, ensuring that both mother and baby are taken care of in those early weeks following the birth. Introduce your other children to the maternity nurse, as she will most likely have to interact with them at some point, and clearly determine boundaries.
Even though a maternity nurse is very experienced in caring for mothers and newborns, to get the most out of the experience, it is important that you get along well. You will be spending a lot of very special time together and it is a good idea to create a mutual understanding and get to know each other fast.
Why London Governess Maternity Nurses?
At London Governess, we understand how important it is to find that perfect person to help care for your newborn baby. That is why we have an extensive database of candidates and a strict vetting procedure, to ensure your little one is always in the very best hands.
Our maternity nurses are all highly UK trained nannies, with extensive experience with newborn babies. With London Governess, your child will get an experienced maternity nurse.
- Your maternity nurse will be educated
- Fully fluent English speaker
- With appropriate qualifications & excellent references
- Completely bespoke service
We offer the right blend of experience, knowledge, valid references, strong British education and warm personality. At London Governess, you will be able to search for and select the ideal maternity nurse for the job. We can guarantee the following:
- We meet each nurse in person to verify their working history, check their references and confirm they have full enhanced DBS checks.
- London Governess maternity nurses have a lot of experience and can offer you some great advice. Some bring with them specific areas of expertise like breastfeeding, twins, premature babies, so they can cater specifically to your requirements.
- You choose how involved your maternity nurse needs to be. She can be more involved during the day and on call at night. Working hours are flexible so you can catch up on some much-needed sleep and take over during the day.
- London Governess maternity nurses can be temporary, as well. They can work 24 hours, a shift of 7am-7pm, or 7pm-7am. They can stay with you for one week or six months. It is completely up to you.
Some of you may require of your maternity nurse to completely take over looking after your baby. If you need a complete rest, you can arrange for any of the specific duties with your maternity nurse.
If you have got twins or more babies, your nurse will help to settle them into a natural, easy routine that will allow you to spend plenty of one-on-one time with each child. It is not just nights that are made easy, either – your maternity nurse is self-employed, and will pay her own tax and national insurance, leaving you to focus on the things that really matter.
London Governess will offer only the highest-quality nurses, so you can be certain your baby is in safe, experienced hands.
Temporary Maternity Nurse
Having a baby is an exciting and wonderful experience, but it can also be very tiring since the baby will likely be up several times during the night. A short-term private maternity nurse will stay in your home and provide calm, caring and efficient services to assist the family with all the baby’s needs.
She is able to answer any questions the mother may have about caring for her newborn, give the mother time to recuperate and provide expert advice on breastfeeding or help establish a sleeping schedule for the baby.
All maternity nurses have vast experience in childcare and can help you with day-to-day tasks, including preparing the nursery, bottle sterilization, nappy changing, bathing the baby, and washing the baby’s clothes.
Typically, a short-term private maternity nurse will stay at your home 24-hours per day for 5-7 days a week and up to 12 weeks, but this can be tailored to your specific needs and family situation. Alternatively, you can choose to hire a maternity nurse who will work for eight-hour shifts or longer, on a live out basis.
Duties & Fees
It is recommended that all nurses are hired by using our advanced booking system. All of the information about salaries is a guideline and may vary according to age, experience and location. All of our maternity nurses are self-employed, but are carefully selected for representation by our agency.
Maternity nurses cost around £900+ per week for 24 hour single baby care, or £1,200 per week for multiple baby care.
When you choose to hire a maternity nurse, you are ensuring that you give your newborn the best care available, you can often expect to receive around the clock assistance. Your maternity nurse will be on hand right after the birth to ensure that child-rearing is as rewarding as possible, without exhaustion or stress. You will be fully supported too, with your maternity nurse offering postnatal care along with breastfeeding advice and support and a professional ally.
Hire a London Governess Maternity Nurse
Hiring a London Governess maternity nurse comes with many advantages and benefits:
- You will find establishing a feeding routine easier; including breastfeeding
- All bottles will always be sterilised
- Your baby will be safe at all times
- You will learn necessary hygiene practices
- You will easily overcome some of the motherhood challenges, such as night-time feeding and bonding.
London Governess maternity nurses know all the cues and tricks and you will have more enjoyable time with your newborn.