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What is a Baby Nurse?
The term "Baby nurse" (aka newborn specialist) refers to a seasoned professional who comes to your home and help care for your newborn, usually right out of the hospital. It is important to know that a Baby Nurse is not necessarily a Registered Nurse, but regardless, should have extensive hands-on experience and knowledge of infant care.
Families who opt to hire a baby nurse can be first time parents, have encountered pregnancy complications, premature births or simply want a baby nurse to help with the transition of welcoming a new baby into their home.
A baby nurse can be a former nanny but is more importantly, someone who has worked extensively with newborns and has undergone special training on how to care for newborns & premature babies. Many baby nurses carry certifications such as lactation education, sleep training, prenatal parenting, newborn specialist certifications, CPR/First Aid, postpartum doula care and more. Not all baby nurses have experience working with multiples, so it is important to remember to ask specific questions relating to your situation when interviewing a baby nurse.
A baby nurses primary focus is to assist the family with all newborn/infant related care, while providing support and guidance to all members of the household. Additional responsibilities would include:
It is recommended to book your baby nurse a minimum of 2-3 months in advance (or as soon as possible) as the highly experienced baby nurses tend to book well into the future.
Our baby nurses are required to have a minimum of 6 years relevant work experience to work with infants. Additional requirements can be found here.