Absolue Childcare Maternity Section understands the importance of finding the right Maternity Nurse to suit the individual needs of you and your precious new arrival. (Or arrivals!).
Here at Absolute Childcare we have a thorough vetting process and only represent Maternity Nurses with impeccable references and extensive experience caring for new born babies. The arrival of a baby is a wonderfully exciting time, but it can also be daunting for some new parents and our Maternity Nurses are there to guide you through with warmth, vast knowledge and support. Every parent’s requirements are unique and we will listen, advise and ensure we find you the very best match for you and your family.
We are very particular when recruiting staff to join our books, they have to pass a thorough interview to fully understand their work history, where their expertise lies (Single babies, premature, twins, triplets etc) and to ascertain the family dynamics they will best suit. In addition to this, they also have to provide supporting documentation, to include a fully enhanced DBS check, First Aid certification and checkable references, which will be verbally confirmed by the agency.
Our Maternity Nurses range in age and qualifications, some are registered Midwives, Registered Nurses or Health Visitors. We also have high calibre Nannies who have specialised in the care of young babies. (Maternity Nannies) All Maternity Nurses presented to you will have many years’ experience caring for new babies and post-natal mums. Most will have qualifications such as the MNT or NEST certificates.
Those precious first weeks with your new baby should be happy, calm and stress free so that you are able to enjoy your new bundle. We will ensure that happens with the right support for you and your family. Absolute Childcare provides absolute peace of mind in fully vetted and experienced staff. In order to find you the perfect match, we have a database of active Maternity Nurses who we have worked with for years, ensuring we are able to meet your requirements, even if your request is short notice.
Maternity Nurses assist the mother in putting the baby into a feeding and sleep routine. A maternity nurse can bottle feed a baby if this is your wish, or support you with feeding if you choose to breast feed. They offer a wealth of knowledge and invaluable advice to new parents in how to best care for your new baby. A maternity or night nurse can sleep in your baby’s room or separately – this is entirely your decision. Maternity nurses may also care for siblings in your home also. This allows the mother to spend more time with her new baby.
Duties may include (but are not limited to):
• Bottle sterilization
• Bathing your baby
• Sleep routine
• Preparation of the nursery
• Washing your baby’s clothes
• Taking for local walks
• They are also there to take care of the Mum, this may include a cup of tea, meal or a reassuring hug if needed.
We have helped many new parents through the process of finding a suitable Maternity Nurse and it all starts with a phone conversation. Please do call for a chat and we can go through the options available to you with no obligation to proceed. Tel: 0208 15 0017 We are happy to schedule a call during office ours or in the evenings or weekends if required.
The first thing to consider is whether you would be comfortable for the Maternity Nurse to live with you on a 24/6 basis or if you prefer for them to go home at the end of their shift. Your options are 24 hours a day (They are on call 24/6 and rest when your baby rests, they take a 24 hour rest period per week) or if you would prefer the Maternity Nurse to cover the night shift only or the day shift only and then go home. Time frames can vary to meet your requirements. You can also opt for part time help, for example 2 or 3 days or nights per week or even weekends.
With regards to duration, you can choose! Most families are keen for the maternity nurse to leave with the baby in a feeding and sleep routine, this can take on average 6-8 weeks. (It depends very much on the baby of course) Other families need help for 3-6 months. It really depends on the help and support you require. Some parents who are having their 2nd, 3rd or 4th children are confident with the babies care, but require a Maternity Nurse to cover the nights so that they can sleep and be fresh to care for their other children throughout the day.
Maternity Nurses are self-employed, this means they pay their own Tax and National Insurance contributions and set their daily rate, we will advise you of the applicants daily rate and will work to a budget you have set. As a guidance the average rates are as follows:
24 hour Maternity Nurses/Live in
Single baby – £200-280 per 24 hours – £1000 – £1,400 per week
Twins – £240-£350 per 24 hours – £1,200 – £1,750 per week
Triplets – £280- 400 per 24 hours – £1,400 – £2,000 per week
Single baby £15-25 per hour
Twins £18-£25 per hour
Triplets £20-£30 per hour
Daily or Nightly Maternity Nurse & Nanny
They are an excellent option for families with limited space or who want to have the support & knowledge without the Maternity Nurse living in.
For families that continue to need night support, a night Nanny can be a good option as a follow on from the 24 hour cover
Daily & nightly maternity nurse will have set hours, for example 10- 12 hours per day and will leave at the end of their shift. They cover the same duties as live in Maternity Nurse. They would be paid by the hour and we would negotiate salary and contracts.
Probationary Maternity Nurse
If cost is a consideration or if you are confident and just looking for some extra support, a probationary maternity nurse could be a good option. Probationary maternity nurses can still be qualified Nannies, Health Visitors, Nurses and Midwives with professional baby and childcare experience, but they have limited experience within a private home as a Maternity Nurse. This type of probationary post enables them the opportunity to build on their New born experience and gain feedback and references.
We believe in quality, not quantity and aim to send 3-5 CVs of Maternity Nurses that match your requirements. Please bear in mind that Maternity Nurses do get booked up in advance, so if you are considering this path, please do get in touch as soon as your due date is confirmed to start the process.
The process starts with an in depth telephone conversation to fully understand the help you need. This is a friendly and informal chat with a dedicated consultant. The consultation will last around 1 hour and by the end of the call, we will have a full understand of the support you will need. We will then send CVs of the Maternity Nurses that match your brief. Once you have had time to review the CVs we are happy to discuss each of the applicants and bring the character of the applicant ‘to life’ before setting up interviews for the applicants you are happy to meet. We arrange all interviews and provide feedback from both parties.
We will fully manage the process from start to finish and will keep you fully informed, we will also Share references with you, plus documentation and even arrange for you to speak to the references directly too if you wish.
Your gut will play a big part in the selection process – please listen to it, It’s so important that you feel 100% at ease and that there is a connection with the Maternity Nurse you choose.
If you require any further information regarding employing a Maternity Nurse, Maternity Nanny or Nanny for your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you need further information, please email [email protected] or feel free to call us to discuss your requirements: Tel: 0208 1500017