A Babynurse will take care of everything concerning the care of newborns. Babynurses have a deep understanding of the developmental stages of newborns. Most Babynurses are not Registered Nurses (RN’s) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s). Most have taken courses to stay current with the latest newborn philosophies and standards, and are CPR certified.
Babynurses will take special care of your newborn and you! They will teach you how to care for your newborn:
- Bathing techniques
- Bedtime routine
- Feeding, diapering, dressing
- Washing the baby’s laundry
- Maintaining your baby’s room
- Lactation Consultation
- Umbilical and circumcision care
- Dealing with colic, gas and excessive crying
Additionally, they will help get the baby on a schedule. This will aid in normalizing parents’ sleeping patterns once private Babynurse services are no longer in use.
The time spent with a Babynurse should be pleasant and gratifying – you will spend many hours together!
Is a Babynurse right for me?
- Will I need rest after giving birth?
- Will I need help with breastfeeding and/or pumping?
- Could I use some help establishing a schedule for my baby?
- Will an extra pair of hands make me feel more secure?
- Will having someone experienced in umbilical cord care and circumcision care be of value to me?
These are just some of the questions to ask yourself when deciding if you’ll need a Babynurse.
The length of a Babynurse stay is usually between 1 and 6 months, but is negotiable depending upon the needs of the family.
Because you and your Babynurse will spend many hours together, we encourage a face to face interview of Babynurse candidates to ensure that their skills and personality are the right fit for you and your family. After all, you will be sharing some wonderful memories during some very intimate moments.
Interviewing a Babynurse is often as simple as having an initial phone conversation, followed by a face to face interview. Some families wish to have their Babynurse meet with the mother’s OB/GYN and/or the prospective pediatrician.
How far in advance should I book a Babynurse?
- Any time after the first trimester, the sooner the better.
When do Babynurses start?
- Some Babynurses go to the hospital and accompany the “family” home, or just welcome you at your home upon your return from the hospital.
- Some babynurses assist the family with preparations including nursery set up.
What are the costs of a Babynurse?
Babynurses base their rate on a 20 hour day with a four hour consecutive break. Their average daily rate (net after taxes) is usually between:
- $500.00-$650.00 for Singleton
- $650.00-$800.00 for Twins
- $850.00-$1,200.00 for Triplets
If your family is looking to find and hire a qualified Babynurse consider working with a Babynurse agency like Pavillion Agency Inc. Get started by filling out our application.