A Maternity Nurse or Newborn Care Specialist is an experienced and qualified specialist in providing essential support, advice, care and respite to parents and newborn babies. Her role allows the parents time to rest and recover from the birth of their child and empowers them to feel confident and able to care for their new child once she leaves.
A Maternity Nurse provides essential advice on feeding the baby, bathing, sleeping, clothing, establishing routines and physically performing all of these tasks as required. If the baby is breastfed, the Maternity Nurse will observe, encourage and advise as necessary. If the baby is bottle-fed, the Maternity Nurse will ensure that all feeding equipment is clean, sterilised and fit-for-use day and night.
The Maternity Nurse is responsible for feeding the baby day and night and for establishing the best feeding routines, in line with those agreed with the parents. A Maternity Nurse should resettle the baby after feeds as and when required to allow the mother time to rest.
A Maternity Nurse may be expected to assist with maintaining the cleanliness of the nursery.
Maternity Nurses can support mothers that have been ill following delivery including mums who had a C-section delivery and mums who are going through postpartum depression. A Maternity Nurse will help integrate the new baby into a family where there are already children. Please note that Maternity nurses are not responsible for the care of other children within the household.
The specific duties and responsibilities of each position should be discussed during the interview process, confirmed upon the extension of a job offer and reaffirmed in a written work agreement.
With regard to the salary of a Maternity Nurse, please note that each position is individually negotiated and depends on experience, qualifications, the number of babies, any medical issue the baby might have, family needs and location of work. Maternity Nurses are usually self-employed and are responsible for paying their tax and national insurance contributions in Britain.
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