The Maternity Glow Guide To Hiring A Baby Nurse
When driving home from the hospital after having my baby, I didn’t exactly feel that I had things totally under control.
Actually, who am I kidding: I was terrified, tired, and overwhelmed, all at the same time!
Some people have the luxury of having help from their parents, around the clock. I didn’t have that luxury.
That’s why I decided to hire a baby nurse, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Read on to learn if my game changing decision could also benefit you!
What Is a Baby Nurse?
A baby nurse is just what it sounds like. Sometimes, these professionals are known as newborn care specialists.
They're educated experts in the infant care and parent education field and they do all sorts of great things to help you out as a new mom.
I had a case of the Baby Blues and I was also clueless about how often I should feed my son and how to get him to fix his days and nights since he had them reversed. A baby nurse can set you straight!
In addition to setting your baby up with a proper bedtime routine, they can help with feedings, assist with feeding and behavioral issues (like reflux, gas, and colic), and they can provide comfort and support for you!
Many nurses will take your baby overnight so you can get some much needed sleep.
They’ll take care of diapering and also will help organize the nurser, so you are using the space efficiency.
They pack diaper bags, some will do laundry, prepare healthy meals, and they will sit with your spouse to go over what’s normal and what’s not in regard to coming home from the hospital (mainly referencing hormonal changes).
A baby nurse is there to answer any and every question you may have. They can offer tons of support, which will help build a new, scared mother’s confidence levels.
How Much Can I Expect to Pay?
Let's be honest: baby nurses are not cheap!
And, insurance generally doesn’t cover this service, which is considered a luxury, and not a necessity.
These nurses generally work on an hourly rate and can cost anywhere between $30-$40 per hour (although you may find some nurses who will be willing to charge a daily or nightly rate).
So, if you need a nurse for 8 hours (just to cover a night shift) or more, well, it can add up quickly.
But, there are some things you can do to help alleviate the cost.
Only pay for the overnight shift.
You can pay for a baby nurse to come solely for that overnight shift so you can sleep.
You may really want help for a few hours in the morning so you can shower in peace, get caught up on cooking and cleaning, or who just want help with your baby’s morning routine.
Pay for supplemental insurance.
You can also invest in a supplemental insurance plan prior to becoming pregnant.
Then, once your baby is born, you get awarded a certain amount of funds, which can be used anyway you please.
These plans dish out anywhere between $1,500-$3,000.
And, you can use these funds on a baby nurse, until the money runs out, or just to accommodate your new lifestyle for the first few days until you get into the swing of things.
Use your baby registry.
Your friends and family would probably be happy to make a donation.
5 Reasons Why You Might Want a Baby Nurse
Having a baby nurse in your home has many benefits. They include:
How to Find a Baby Nurse
When you’re ready to hire a baby nurse, you really have to put in time to research.
While friends and family members can make the best recommendations for you, based on word of mouth or personal experience, there are some training programs in your area that may make recommendations.
You can also your doctor’s office if they are aware of any services, or you can also look online at various care websites.
Regardless of how you start your research, it’s important to hire someone that has a clear background check, lists lots of references (you MUST call them!), and who have passed a certification program if they are not registered nurses.
Baby Nurse vs Postpartum Doula
Don’t confuse a baby nurse with a postpartum doula (and vice versa). While the two are pretty similar, they can also be slightly different.
Mostly, a baby nurse really focuses on caring for the baby after birth, while the doula focuses on caring for you, the mother.
The doula is there to help with breastfeeding, postpartum recovery, and modeling proper strategies and methods to “mothering.”
A baby nurse can also do these things, but they will solely be focused on the baby’s needs, and helping the household to run smoothly, by organizing baby stuff, prepping meals, and getting the baby on a healthy schedule.
A baby nurse just makes life easier.
They can provide peach, support, relief, and reassurance for the first time parents, and serve as a temporary mentor and assistant until you feel confident enough (or well rested enough) to do it on your own.
While the expense may be high, the end result is well worth it!
Choose early and wisely, so you get the best nurse for your baby and your family!