Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Maternity Nurse?
A maternity nurse can take on many different roles but essentially they are there to help support you, your family and your new baby. Some of the things a maternity nurse may get involved with are: helping to establish feeding (breastfed and bottle), take over night time feedings to allow you extra rest, they can show you the absolute basics if babies are a mystery to you, they can help with getting you all into a routine that works for everyone, they can support you with older children while you spend time with the baby or they can look after the baby so your older children don't feel left out. They can help you with babies that are fussy or upset. They will wash and sterilise any bottles and pumping equiptment and take care of the baby's laundry. They can look after the baby sole charge if you have other commitments or they can work alongside you to support you in caring for your baby and any other siblings.
What is a live in Maternity Nurse?
A live in maternity nurse also known as a 24 hour maternity nurse will come and stay with you and usually share a room with the baby. They will be on call through out the night for when your baby wakes the baby can be brought to you if you are breastfeeding or the maternity nurse can bottle feed. Then change nappies and resettle baby to help you get as much rest as possible. 24 hour care is often for 5 or 6 days a week but sometimes less it depends on what the individual family needs. The maternity nurse will need to be provided with food and drink while on shift. A bed must be provided and private space for the maternity nurse to take breaks (this can be the baby's room or other space but she should not be disturbed during the break). The maternity nurse will take a break each day to catch up on sleep or to get out and have some personal time to make sure she is rested.
What is a Nightly Maternity Nurse?
A nightly maternity nurse can help you to get through those hard hours. Depending on mums requirements they are able to feed and settle baby throughout the night using expressed milk or formula or they can deliver baby to you for feeding and then take over again to settle baby back to sleep allowing you the best chance to recover after birth and get some sleep at nights so you can be on top form during the day. A nightly maternity nurse is paid on an hourly rate and just comes into the house for the arranged hours either overnight to allow you to get rest or during the day to either support you in caring for your baby or to take sole charge of the baby while you do what needs to be done. There is a minimum booking per day for this service but this allows you the flexibility of choosing the hours you would like support but still having time alone as a family.
What is a Daily Maternity Nurse?
A daily maternity nurse package can give you that extra support and flexibility. Help while your partner is at work during the day is especially popular with multiple babies or those that have older children. The maternity nurse takes on the role of looking after baby and supporting you to achieve what you need to. Usually available as 10 or 12 hour days but as with all of the Sun and Snow Childcare packages this is flexible depending on your needs. A daily maternity nurse is paid on an hourly rate and comes to the house for the arranged hours either overnight to allow you to get rest or during the day to either support you in caring for your baby or to take sole charge of the baby while you do what needs to be done. There is a minimum booking per day for this service but this allows you the flexibility of choosing the hours you would like support but still having time alone as a family.
Are Maternity Nurses expensive?
Maternity nurses are experienced and qualified people that have lots of knowledge. They are self employed so are responsible for paying all their own taxes and charges. They dont get holiday or sick pay and.. . The rate of a maternity nurse working on 24 hour days is actually very low when broken down to an hourly rate but we understand that this is still a luxory to many families. The daily or nightly options allow more flexibility for families to get support without the same costs being incurred. Take a look at the costs page here to get a better idea.
How much notice is needed to book a maternity nurse?
That just depends on current availability. Some people like to book as soon as they find out they are pregnant others find they have issues once the baby is born and need extra support. it is always worth asking as last minute availability is sometimes available as we know babies aren't born to schedule so there are often unexpected free weeks or gaps between bookings and in some cases a maternity nurse can start the same day of enquiry.
Can I cancel my booking?
If you feel that you need to cancel your booking then please get in touch and discuss the issues we may be able to help. Deposits will be taken for any advance bookings, if you need to cancel your booking as you have changed your mind then the deposit will be kept.
What about Covid?
You can request that your maternity nurse isolates before coming to stay with you but there will normally be a charge for this as they will be unable to work for anyone else during this time. If you require the maternity nurse to do a test before starting then this must be organised and paid for by yourself. If you or any of your household test positive then she should be told immediately. If she has already started working the Maternity nurse will leave and isolate. She will be paid for any hours that she should be working during this time.
If the Maternity nurse experiences any symptoms then she will notify you immediately and will not be able to work. There will be no charge for the time that the maternity nurse is off and if she is unable to do the job at all then the deposit will be returned.
How are you Qualified to do this job?
I have worked with children for 18 years in various roles. I have a degree in Health and Social Care and Councelling and in 2015 I recieved my level 4 qualification in Maternity nursing. Since then I have undertaken lots of training to expand my knowledge surrounding babies and their care and regularly keep myself up to date with the latest research. You can see a list of my qualifications at the bottom of the on the about me page. I also have my DBS (police check) and am insured as a maternity nurse.
How do I know what support I need?
Before any bookings are taken we will arrange a chat to discuss what your needs are and to see if i can help. I will listen to your situation and ask questions so we can find out the best plan of action and then give you the options available to you. This also gives you the chance to ask any questions you may have and decide if I am the right person to support you.
I have older children.
That is absolutely fine. My priority on a maternity job is the newborn but I am there to support you as well so if you need to feed or do something with the baby then I am happy to keep older children busy for a while. I will also try and involve them with the baby so that they feel included. My background is in nannying and have looked after a wide range of children of different ages and abilities so am no stranger to older children. If you are looking for care for a newborn and an older child at the same time then please get in contact to discuss your requirements and prices.
I have pets.
Pets are not an issue. I have always been surrounded by animals ever since I was brought home from the hospital and my first greeting was from our family collie dog. Since then there has been many different species of animals in my life from the standard dogs, cats and rabbits to horses, chickens, geese and even chipmunks. There is also the option to add animal care into the booking if needed so you can have the time you need to get back on your feet after your baby's birth. Get in contact to discuss this option and the price.
We don't have the space for someone to stay with us.
That's not a problem. If you are limited on space then we can look at doing daily maternity nursing or trouble shooting any issues instead. My support doesn't have to include overnights.