Hiring a night nurse to help care for your newborn can be a lifesaver for exhausted parents. Night nurses can provide overnight care, allowing parents to get much-needed rest. However, choosing the right night nurse can be a daunting task. In this blog post, we'll provide a list of questions to ask when hiring a night nurse to ensure you find the right fit for your family.
1. Where were you trained?
It's important to ask about a night nurse's qualifications and experience. Ask about their training, certification, and any relevant experience caring for newborns. You may also want to ask for references and follow up with them to get a sense of the night nurse's skills and abilities.
At Swaddled Newborn Care, all of our Specialists are trained and certified as Registered Nurses, Newborn Care Specialists, or Postpartum Doulas. Most are trained through DONA International or the Newborn Care Training Academy.
2. What is your availability?
Night nurses typically work overnight shifts, but it's important to clarify their availability. Ask about their schedule and whether they are available for specific dates or times. You'll want to ensure that their availability matches your needs.
Our Specialists have a wide range of availability, ranging from one night a week to 24/7 care. We make sure to match you with the perfect Specialist for your schedule.
3. What are your duties?
Ask about the night nurse's duties and responsibilities. Will they be responsible for feeding, changing, and soothing your baby? Will they handle any household tasks like laundry or cleaning? Make sure you have a clear understanding of what the night nurse will be doing during their shift.
While baby is sleeping, our Specialist's are more than happy to help with baby laundry, washing bottles/pump parts, tidying up the nursery, and restocking diapers!
4. What is your approach to caring for newborns?
It's important to understand a night nurse's approach to caring for newborns. Ask about their philosophy and any specific techniques they use to soothe babies. You'll want to make sure their approach aligns with your own parenting style.
5. What is your rate?
Night nurses typically charge an hourly rate, but it's important to clarify their rate and any additional fees. Ask about their rate, any overtime fees, and what is included in their rate.
Our Specialist's are the best of the best, and their rates reflect that. We want to make sure that we compensate them based on their certifications, experience, and training.
6. Do you have any special training or certifications?
Ask about any special training or certifications the night nurse may have. For example, some night nurses may have experience working with premature babies or multiples.
Some of our Specialists have extra training in lactation support, sleep coaching, and managing twins. During our intake call, we make sure to learn about what's important to you family to make sure that we match you with the perfect specialist for your needs.
7. What does a typical night look like?
It's important to have an emergency plan in place in case of any unexpected events. Ask about the night nurse's emergency plan and how they would handle any emergencies that may arise.
In conclusion, hiring a night nurse can be a great option for new parents. However, it's important to ask the right questions to ensure you find the right fit for your family. Ask about their qualifications and experience, availability, duties, approach to caring for newborns, rate, special training or certifications, and emergency plan. With the right night nurse, you can get the rest you need while ensuring your baby is well-cared for.
At Swaddled Newborn Care, we take all the guesswork out of finding a Night Nurse. All of our specialists are trained, certified, and interviewed thoroughly. We take pride in carefully recruiting and hand-selecting the most experienced newborn care specialists, postpartum doulas, and registered nurses to join our team.
Our qualification standards are the highest in the region, so you can rest assured that your baby is in capable and loving hands.
None of us are here because postpartum work is just a way to pay the bills. We are here because we're passionate about assisting families during postpartum.