Before I begin discussing the details of newborn care employment, let me first clarify the different terms used for these infant specialists. Although these childcare providers are rarely registered nurses, the general term used in the industry is “baby nurse” in the US and “maternity nurse” in the UK. For ease, I will use the term “baby nurse” in this article as it is so widely used by hiring families across America.
More and more baby nurses are expanding their education and training to become newborn care specialists. So you may also meet professionals using the NCS title.
How long should you employ newborn care?
How long to contract your newborn care specialist or baby nurse depends on your family’s unique needs. Qualified specialists will be able to guide you through baby’s first weeks or months at home. They can assist with the full spectrum of newborn care and may be certified in areas including but not limited to:
- Alternate Feeding Methods
- Sleep Training
- Psychological Development
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If you can provide living accommodations for your staff, maintaining a 2-4 month employ is ideal for many families. Newborn care and night nurses traditionally stay with families while they are working.
What is the common newborn care schedule and pay?
How can a family afford this length of hire, when a baby nurse charges anything from $15-45 an hour?
If a family follows the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and does not ask a baby nurse to schedule sleep too early, a family can find a baby nurse who is looking for a 12 hour gig 4-5 days a week for a longer period of time. The other approach is to hire a baby nurse for 2 months, glean as much information from them and apply it yourselves. This involves a substantial amount of self-control, trial and error and repetitive action but if you are dedicated to the cause, it will work.
The aim is to make sure your baby is properly fed, growing healthily in all areas, is nurtured and develops healthy sleeping habits which will ensure they sleep well as a toddler, school age, teen and later adult.
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