Maternity Nurses are trained or experienced nannies or nurses who specialize in the care of newborn babies. They often hold Matrnity Nurse qualifications or Nursing degrees. All will hold their Pediatric First Aid Certificate. They will help the mother from the time she leaves the hospital until both mother and baby are settled into a routine at home, typically a period between 4-12 weeks. A maternity nurse will provide expert support and guidance on all aspects of babycare including breastfeeding, bottle feeding, routine setting and hygiene. She may be asked to prepare the nursery before the birth of the baby.
A Maternity Nurse will also provide all nursery duties, including ensuring the cleanliness and hygiene of the baby nursery, the baby’s laundry, sterilizing and preparing bottles. A maternity nurse generally sleeps in the baby’s room and assumes all the night feeds, known as “night duties”. They are on call 24 hours per day, 5-6 days per week and will sleep when the baby is sleeping. They will typically take a 2-3 hour break daily.
Salary: £190-£350 GBP per day, based upon a 24 hour on call basis. Salaries will vary in accordance to relevant qualifications/experience, previous salaries acquired and if family expecting single/twins/triplets.