A Maternity Nurse is a specialist Nanny who is an expert in the care of newborns.
Maternity Nurses usually work 24/6, staying with families for the first 4 to 8 weeks of the baby's life, though it is not uncommon for the family to choose to keep them longer.
A Maternity Nurse will take on board the family's requirements and provide them with a bespoke service that will provide wraparound care and support not just for the baby, but for the entire family.
A Maternity Nurse will be an expert in both breastfeeding and bottle feeding and will assist with this wherever possible. She will take charge of the bathing, changing and settling of the baby, as well as the organisation of all baby-related products and the nursery spaces.
Most Maternity Nurses will have professional qualifications such as the MNT or NEST certificates.
Some Maternity Nurses have worked as paediatric nurses, neonatal nurses, community midwives, health visitors and hospital midwives who have moved to work full time, or part time, as maternity nurses.
Maternity Nurses can also work just nights as a relief service.
Maternity Nurses will either have their own room within the household or share a room with the baby. All food will be provided for the Maternity Nurse, however, they can cook their own meals.
Usually 24/6 working 4 - 8 week contracts, but this can be longer.
For the safety of the baby, and the Maternity Nurse, there should be a rest period during the day, and at least one full day off a week.
Maternity Nurse fees vary greatly, starting at £150 a day and rising up to £600 for exceptionally experienced, specialist Maternity Nurses.
Fees are generally higher for twins/triplets and overseas work.