Your questions answered
Frequently Asked Questions on Maternity Nurses
What is a maternity nurse?
A maternity nurse is a post natal carer who comes to your home to help you by looking after you and your newborn baby. Their training covers all aspects of newborn baby care, including most common problems that can arise in the first 3 months. A maternity nurse will be able to offer advice and guidance on common issues, despite their training being non-medical. All our maternity nurses are highly experienced and have extensive knowledge working with babies in the home setting.
Maternity nurses are there to help establish a routine in the home environment and provide excellent care for your baby. Duties include help with feeding, tidying the nursery, laundry for the baby and in general all aspects of newborn baby care.
Maternity nurses will also support you if you are planning on breastfeeding your baby or if you are bottle feeding, the maternity nurse will be able to offer advice and take on responsibility for sterilising and making up the bottles for feeds.
Why should I have a maternity nurse?
Maternity nurses provide help and support for your baby once you have left the hospital. At Nannies Incorporated, we understand that you will be very tired and despite having unconditional love for your baby, you may be unsure of how to handle the problems brought on by a newborn.
Our maternity nurses will be with you every step of the way to ensure you have total confidence to cope quickly and they will help implement and establish a routine which will suit everybody’s needs.
How much do maternity nurses cost?
Maternity nurses are self-employed and work on a freelance basis. The cost of a maternity nurse can vary according to age, experience, location and whether they are looking after a single baby, twins or triplets. The following salaries are a guideline only for placements in the UK:
24-hour rate for a single baby: £160 - £180 (£960 - £1,080 per week)
24-hour rate for multiple births: £180 - £220 (£1,080 + per week)
The salaries shown are examples and are a gross amount. Maternity nurses are responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions.
How do I interview a maternity nurse?
Once Nannies Incorporated has carefully selected maternity nurses to suit your needs, we recommend you to invite a maternity nurse back to your home to conduct a personal interview. This is because she can see the home and get a feel for her surroundings and the situation around her. It is also an excellent way of introducing her to the family and getting to know her a bit more. However, if this is not possible then clients may choose to meet outside the home at a set location or to have a telephone/Skype interview.
We believe it is important that you feel totally at ease with your maternity nurse as she will be supporting you at an emotional and exciting time.
It is important to note that maternity nurses at Nannies Incorporated get booked up in advance so we encourage you to make your decision following interviews as quickly as possible in order to avoid missing out on your chosen candidate.
When should a maternity nurse start?
It is advisable to book your maternity nurse as early as possible; clients tend to contact us 4-6 months prior to their due date. Maternity nurses will tend to take bookings up to 6 months in advance and for this reason it is beneficial to your search to contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can find suitable candidates who are available for you.
At Nannies Incorporated we will always do our best to find suitable maternity nurses at short notice and will also assist as best as we can with emergency placements.
Your maternity nurse can start whenever you feel is necessary. Maternity nurses tend to join clients just after they have left the hospital with their baby.
What checks does the agency do on the maternity nurses?
Only qualified and/or experienced maternity nurses are registered with us. All candidates are interviewed personally and their references verified.
We pride ourselves on our selective recruitment and ensure our maternity nurses are of the highest calibre. We ensure that each maternity nurse has had at least 3 years’ direct experience in a home environment with newborns and they must have an up-to-date enhanced DBS check and first aid training certificate.