A Maternity Nurse is a great childcare choice for those parents that have just had a baby, particularly if they have had twins or the mother has had a C-section.
What is a Maternity Nurse?
A Maternity Nurse is a trained and specialised nurse or nanny who can provide a welcome extra pair of hands for you when you have just had a baby. Her role is to fully support the parents after the birth and she can be a great source of help and advice, not only about the development and wellbeing of the baby, but also that of the new mother.
What do Maternity Nurses do?
Maternity nurses, encourage parents’ involvement and confidence in handling their new baby and promote a positive relationship between other siblings and the new addition. A Maternity Nurse will help the mother from the time she leaves hospital until both mother and baby are settled into a routine at home.
A Maternity Nurse is responsible for:
- Providing support and guidance to the new mother / teaching the new mother how to care for her baby and offering advice on the mother’s diet and rest. They also care for the mother emotionally and provide support and guidance in what can be a difficult and tiring time
- Giving advice on all aspects of baby care including breast or bottle-feeding, routine setting general baby care and hygiene
- Care of the baby’s clothes etc. including the baby’s laundry as well as nursery cleanliness, sterilising and making up bottles
- Night Feeds (the majority of Maternity Nurses sleep in the baby’s room)
- Setting up sleeping patterns and caring for the baby throughout the night so that the parents can get a good night sleep
All Maternity Nurses vary in what they will do, however the above is the minimum that you can expect from your Maternity Nurse.
How long do I engage a Maternity Nurse for?
You would normally hire them for a period of between 4-8 weeks; however the amount of time you wish to employ your maternity nurse for is totally flexible and will depend on individual circumstances. Maternity Nurses are employed on either a daily or live in basis. A Maternity Nurse will be on call 24 hours a day for 5 or 6 days a week. However this can be flexible depending on individual needs and the Maternity Nurse you engage. It is possible to have a Maternity Nurse for days only or nights only. Although Maternity Nurses are there to help you whenever you need them, they do need some sleep and rest themselves in order to be able to support you to the best of their ability so we recommend that you allow your Maternity Nurse at least a couple of hours a day to catch up on sleep or to have some ‘time out’.
What are the advantages when you hire a Maternity Nurse?
The main advantage of employing a Maternity Nurse is that you will be able to relax and recover knowing you have the support and guidance around the clock.
What are the disadvantages of employing a Maternity Nurse?
The main disadvantage of employing a Maternity Nurse is that it can feel as if you have a stranger in your home caring for your baby. Maternity Nurses are used to this and will not take over your space. They will respect your privacy and give you the space you need. When choosing childcare, it is important to weigh up both the advantages and disadvantages in order to make the best decision for you and your family.
How do I pay my Maternity Nurse?
Maternity Nurses are self-employed and are responsible for their own Tax and National Insurance Contributions. They will set their own rates of pay depending on age and experience. Below are some salary guidelines:
|£160 – £200||gross per 24 hours||Single Baby|
|£180 – £240||gross per 24 hours||Twin Babies|
|£240 – £270||gross per 24 hours||Triplet Babies|
|£15.00 – £25.00||gross per hour||Days Only (Singles & Multiples)|
|£17.00 – £25.00||gross per hour||Night Only (Singles & Multiples)|
Do I need an employment contract for my Maternity Nurse?
Most Maternity Nurses should have their own contracts as they are self-employed but if this is not the case or their contract does not suit your particular requirements, then Parental Choice can provide you with a bespoke contract to suit you and your maternity nurse’s needs.