A Maternity Nurse is specially trained to offer expert guidance and support during those first precious weeks and months. They can advise on breast/bottle feeding, colic and reflux issues, establishing routines and sleep patterns. Their primary responsibility is with the mother and baby but some may undertake light duties including preparing meals and helping with other siblings. A maternity nurse can be booked from one week to several months. A maternity nurse is not there to takeover she is there to simply advise, guide and ensure the mother feels fully rested and supported.
They can be on duty up to 24 hours a day if they live in or they can also work a regular 8-12 hour day, or night, 5-6 days per week
The hourly rate depends on experience. You can expect to pay an experienced maternity nurse between £14-20 per hour (gross) and are typically self employed
- Care for newborn baby; sleep positioning, bathing, changing, cord care, skin care
- Postnatal care of mum; general monitoring
- Assisting you in establishing a routine around your lifestyle
- Supervising and tidying the baby’s room
- Day to day baby laundry
- Support and encouragement of breastfeeding
- May undertake light duties such as preparing meals and helping with other siblings.