Maternity Nurses

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What is a Maternity Nurse?

A Maternity Nurse is someone who has chosen to dedicate their career to working with babies and post-natal mothers. They usually commence work with you as soon as you come home from the hospital or after the birth if you have a home birth and stay from between four weeks up to a year.
Maternity nurses usually work five or even six days per week and “live in” which means they stay in your home and provide round-the-clock support. They are usually on duty 24 hours a day but must have a break of three to four hours per day to ensure she can catch up on sleep.

Duties include full support for both mummy and baby including:

  • Assisting with feeding
  • Changing and bathing the baby
  • Settling the baby
  • Allowing mum to rest after delivery
  • Taking care of ‘nursery duties’ which include washing babies clothes and looking after their equipment
  • Integrating babies with siblings
  • Advising parents on the best products and services

Maternity nurses are self employed and look after their own tax and national insurance.

Salary guide:
Single baby £180+ per day
Twins £220+ per day

A great maternity nurse should leave the parents feeling empowered and confident with all aspects of baby care.

What should you look for when hiring a Maternity Nurse?

  • A solid work history
  • Lots of glowing references from past employers
  • Commitment to continuous professional development
  • Up to date DBS (Criminal record check)
  • Up to date Paediatric first aid certificate
  • Insurance

The Maternity Nurse Association has been created to ensure all  members have a preferred level of experience and education, teamed with references, a DBS check, a First Aid certificate and insurance, thus ensuring that if you chose a candidate who is a member of the Maternity Nurse Association, you can rest assured they are the best in the business.

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