Full Name: Dawn Grey
How did you decide to become a career maternity nurse? I was working as a nanny through an agency who also supplied maternity nurses. A very tricky night job came through with a poorly baby who had just been discharged from hospital. He had severe renal complications and needed oxygen and medication throughout the night and his parents were exhausted and unable to do it. The agency asked me because of my calm nature and said I would be perfect for the role! So it started from there really almost 18 years ago and I haven’t looked back!
Congratulations! As you are reading this article I presume you or your nearest and dearest are about to become a parent. This is a super special time and a little specialist maternity care can go along way to making it really enjoyable. In this post, we are going to give you a quick guide to the whole process of finding the perfect Maternity Nurse at home for the family.
Maternity Nurses are specialists in newborn care, they will help both parents and baby in the first few months. They are a fountain of maternity care knowledge and make the transition to parenthood an enjoyable and precious time. Whether it is your first baby or baby number four, having a Maternity Nurse at home can help you settle into a routine with the baby and cater for your individual needs.
Finding a new maternity nurse is an exciting time for any household. Whether you’re expecting your first child, or it’s the first time you’re considering hiring a maternity nurse to help out, the interviewing process is something you should take your time in doing.
Sometimes, hiring staff can be relatively straightforward, but hiring a maternity nurse should take more consideration. Maternity nurses often have lots of short term roles, varying from a couple of months to even several days, which can sometimes make it difficult to confirm their experience and suitability for the role. The summary below can offer some guidance when interviewing candidates for a maternity nurse role, as there are certain things you need to clarify!
Topic: How to have a successful maternity nurse career.
This month’s Maternity Nurse of the Month is Zimmie. She shares her tips and experiences with Polo & Tweed as to how she’s had such a successful career in the industry.
Full Name: Zimmie Silby-Scott
Profession: Maternity Nurse
Why did you decide to enter your profession? I have worked with children since I had my own daughter 25 years ago. I’ve worked in all childcare positions- from preschool to secondary school support worker- and when I was a nanny for twins who were were going off to school I decided to look for my next challenge. A colleague said that they were looking into maternity nursing and that I should look into it too. I did and loved the idea of helping families in the early stages of a bringing a baby home.
Hiring a childcare professional can seem like a complex thing to do. When you start to look for support for your new family, it can seem daunting that there are so many technical terms and titles. You can hire a maternity nurse, maternity nanny, doula, postnatal support specialist and more. But how do you decide which professional you actually need?
Many people are confused between the concept of a maternity nurse or a maternity nanny. There are actually some big differences between the two, and we are here to share the key differences. This will make your recruitment process much easier.
Congratulations on your baby! So, you are thinking of hiring a Maternity Nurse?
Non-medical Maternity Nurses (or otherwise known as “Post Natal Care Specialists (PNCS”) come to help care for you and your baby after birth. Regardless of if you are self recruiting or going through an agency, before you pick the chosen maternity nurse, you will most certainly conduct an interview.
Hiring a maternity nurse can seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help. Here is a compiled list of the best interview questions to ask your prospective maternity nurse.
The right maternity nanny will be a Godsend, as they will eliminate your sleepless nights, provide a plethora of experience, and help you introduce the baby to a routine. Maternity nannies are very sought after so it’s good to start your search early and make sure you find a good fit.
What are maternity nannies and why are interview questions important?
Maternity nannies are either qualified and/or very experienced nannies with babies from newborn. They help you/ support you with the baby once he/she is born.
Maternity nannies come to your house and spend the first weeks or months of the baby’s life with you and the baby, teaching/ guiding/ directing you with the baby’s care and troubleshooting any problems that may arise. They normally work either 12h or 24h, either 5 or 6 days per week. They will only look after the baby so do make sure they are not a nanny for the other children, a chef, a housekeeper or a chauffeur, unless otherwise agreed by both parties from the beginning.
Maternity nannies get booked up in advance so if you want to get a great maternity nanny who ticks all your boxes, you have to start your search as early as possible during your pregnancy (advisable at least 3-6 months in advance).
Once you have decided on a few maternity nannies to interview, make sure you ask the right questions! These will help narrow down your selection and find the perfect maternity nanny.
Don’t settle for anything less than perfect…
For many families, the time of discovering they are going to have a child is both a joyous and terrifying occasion. If it is your first child, you know that 9 months from now, life will never be the same again, and for the repeat offenders, you start to sweat at the thought of the countless sleepless nights.
Having a baby is a huge responsibility and at times friends will helpfully comment on how ‘best’ to prepare. I gave birth to my first child in June 2015 and it was a life changing experience.