THE BENEFITS OF HIRING A MATERNITY NURSE OR NIGHT NANNY
They will build your confidence as parents and help you enjoy early parenting fully! Maternity nurses and night nannies are trained specifically to care for new born babies and mums, and can help families learn how to care for their new arrival and establish routines and feeding schedules that fit your family dynamic.
A maternity nurse or night nanny will teach your baby how to sleep through the night which is a challenge faced by most parents. But please be realistic, most babies won’t sleep through the night for several weeks or even months after they are born. With the help of a maternity nurse or night nanny, they will accomplish this important milestone much faster though.
Yes. Maternity nurses and night nannies aren’t meant to benefit just the parents, but also the babies. In fact, your baby can benefit tremendously, as they can aid their healthy development and teach them good (sleeping) habit for life:
The main benefit of hiring a maternity nurse or night nanny is the ability for mum (and dad) to rest and recuperate after the birth, as well as to teach them how to take care of their newborn baby, especially if they are first time parents. Specifically:
Additionally, your maternity nurse or night nanny can also keep everything related to your baby clean, tidy, and washed, and also assist with preparing feeds and sterilising equipment, allowing mum to spend quality time with her baby or resting. She can typically also provide one-on-one support with breast-feeding.
WHO ARE MATERNITY NURSES AND NIGHT NANNIES?
A full-time maternity nurse works on a 24-hour basis and lives with you. If you don’t wish to have someone living in your home, but still want support with your newborn, a daily maternity nurse is the ideal solution. A daily maternity nurse typically works 12 hours day (or as you agree).
The terms maternity nanny and maternity nurse are more or less interchangeable. However, sometimes a maternity nanny designation will be used to designate a less experienced or newly qualified maternity nurse.
A night nanny or a night nurse is a childcare professional who is specialised in helping parents with newborn and young babies during the nights. Nothing prepares parents for the incredible fatigue and drop in energy following lack of sleep. However hiring a night nanny may be the answer – not just as a short-term fix, but also a longer-term investment in family well-being.
A maternity nurse provides support on an almost 24-hour basis (with some time during the day to rest) and is there to help establish routines and enable mum to rest and recuperate.
A night nanny provides support from evening until morning and enables parents to rest while teaching baby good sleeping habits. If you’re breast-feeding, your night nanny can bring baby to mum for a feed and then settle the baby back to sleep.
Often, first time-parents will hire a maternity nurse, and for any later babies, they will hire a night nanny.
HOW DO MATERNITY NURSES AND NIGHT NANNIES WORK?
Typically, maternity nurses work on a 24-hour basis, 4-6 days a week. They are considered full-time maternity nurses and are therefore a “live-in”. A daily maternity nurse will work during the day only, typically 12 hours a day, or as agreed with you.
It’s only human to need a little bit of break when working with newborns and young babies. Typically, full-time maternity nurses will need a couple of hours a day for themselves.
Typically, night nannies work from 9pm to 7am. However, you can agree a later start, and possibly an earlier or later finish. Eight hours it often the minimum they will do a night.
TIMING OF HIRING A MATERNITY NURSE OR NIGHT NANNY
For the peace of mind, a lot of parents start the process during the pregnancy, typically after the first trimester. We have many clients who book toward the end of their pregnancy, as well as those who book after birth.
Absolutely. We do our best to match you with exactly the right person, whether you’re hiring months in advance, or for tonight! (It goes without saying though, that there will likely be fewer candidates to choose from if you’re looking for help on a short notice.)
It depends! Some parents know they will need help for longer, so they book them for several months, up to when their baby turns six months (at which point they hope baby will sleep through the night), and some will book them for the full first year. At the same time, we have many clients who book just for a few weeks, which is absolutely fine. On average, parents book maternity nurses for 4-10 weeks, and night nannies for the first three months, or after they’ve already had a maternity nurse.
Maternity nurses typically work 4-6 days and nights a week. If they live nearby, they may be more flexible and may agree to fewer days / nights a week. It is rare for them to work 7 days a week, but that too can be arranged. If you need coverage around the clock, we suggest hiring two maternity nurses, one for weekdays and one for weekends.
It’s really up to you. Some parents do one to two nights a week, so they can catch up on sleep. If you’d like your baby to get into a good sleeping routine, we suggest doing four to six nights a week, for the first few weeks or months. Whenever possible, we suggest you book a block of nights (i.e. consecutive nights) as it helps babies recognise and internalise new sleeping patterns.
The earlier you start, the sooner you can teach your baby good habits, and the more you will benefit from help. That said, you can hire them at any point later too as we know parenting is hard, and sleep deprivation can accumulate!
THE LOGISTICS OF HAVING A MATERNITY NURSE OR NIGHT NANNY IN YOUR HOME
Maternity nurses are typically ‘live-in’ and will normally need a separate room and a bathroom (that can be shared with the family if needed). Often, they stay in baby’s nursery, your guest room, or an office with a comfortable sofa. Depending on how far away they live, they may go home on their days off.8
They need a bed, or a comfortable sofa, typically in the same room as your baby. If space is tight, they can also be accommodated in your living room.
Your baby can be with you as much as you want! We recommend, however, that your baby sleeps in their nursery, which is often where maternity nurse / night nanny will sleep as well. When babies sleep in their parents’ bedrooms, the benefit of having a maternity nurse or night nanny is much smaller. That said, if you have any concerns, your nurse can talk your through various other options.
WORKING WITH NIGHT NANNIES AND MATERNITY NURSES WHILE BREASTFEEDING
Breastfeeding mums can benefit tremendously from hiring a night nanny or maternity nurse. First, it's incredibly important to get a good rest especially for mothers who are nursing, so that their bodies can produce enough milk for their babies. Second, a well rested mum (or at least, a less tired mum!) will have a better time looking after her baby and enjoying precious time with her. Finally, night nannies and maternity nurses can often help troubleshooting breastfeeding challenges. You can read more about the benefits of working with a night nanny while breastfeeding
There are several arrangements you could agree:
1) Your night nanny or maternity nurse will bring your baby to you whenever they are due for a feed. The big benefit of a night nannies and maternity nurses is that they will settle the baby afterwards, which often can take as long as the feed, while you can tuck in and relax until the next feed. Perhaps even more importantly, night nannies and maternity nurses are trained to differentiate between true hunger and any other reason that may wake a baby. And if your baby needs just a bit of soothing, or to pass gas, you won't even know it.
2) You can express milk beforehand (or during the night), and they will feed the baby your milk with a bottle. What's really nice about this arrangement is that you may not even have to wake up during the night, or if you do have to express during the night, the time awake for you will typically be shorter and/or less frequent than if the baby was feeding from your breast.
3) You can use formula milk during the nights. Many mothers opt for the combination of breastfeeding during the days and formula feeding during the nights. Not only that allows them a good and uninterrupted rest, but also makes it much easier to involve fathers and other members of the family, who can help with night feeds when a night nanny or maternity nurses is not around.
4) Eventually, your baby won't need to feed during the night at all. They may still wake up, but night nannies and maternity nurses know when they are not hungry and can soothe them back into sleep without any milk.
THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH DOULAS
Doulas support the whole family to have a positive experience of pregnancy, birth and the early weeks with a new baby. There are two types of doulas, birth doulas, and postnatal doulas. Some doulas work as both birth and postnatal doulas.
Birth doulas support women and families who are planning any kid of birth, from planned caesarean birth or early epidural to home water birth.
A birth doula will usually meet with the mother-to-be (and her partner if applicable) at least twice before birth, and be available for phone or email support as questions or concerns arise.
A birth doula will then go ‘on call’ towards the end of pregnancy (typically around 38 weeks) and will then be available 24/7. The doula will then go to their client(s) when they ask during labour, typically before they transfer to a place of birth.
During labour a doula provides emotional, practical and informational support to their client(s). Her most important role is to provide nurturing, continuous support and reassurance. She will stay with their client(s) until after baby is born and the new family are settled and happy.
Birth doulas do at least one postnatal visit with their client(s), to support them as they settle in life with a new baby, help with infant feeding as needed and allow them an opportunity to talk over the birth.
Postnatal doulas typically start working with a family in the first few days or weeks after birth, but some doulas do work with families with older babies too.
Just as when supporting birth clients, postnatally doulas provide emotional, practical and informational support.
The actual tasks in the practical support postnatal doulas provide varies enormously, and one of the big benefits of having a postnatal doula is that they are there to support the family, not carry out a specific task, so they do what is needed (within reason!). This can be help around the house, looking after baby while mum (and her partner) nap, helping with older siblings, making meals, helping with dinner time or the school run, helping overnight so the parents get more sleep.
myTAMARIN CHILDCARE MATCHMAKING
Because every parent and every baby deserve the support that is exactly right for them. The relationship that you form with newborn experts is a very special and intimate relationship. Hence, it is really important that you match well with them. We’ve given this a lot of thought, spent months researching the most important elements for newborn childcare matchmaking, tested various types of assessment with both parents and nurses, and developed our special matchmaking algorithm. Bottom line is, our parents and our nurses are much happier!
In short, based on your parenting style. We’ve identified the most important elements of newborn childcare matchmaking, and we ask both parents (typically mums) and nurses to share their views and preferences on those important elements. For example, their views on baby routines and baby feeding, and also whether they are more chatty or prefer their own peace and quiet. Overall, it’s quite comprehensive!
Parents are invited to take our matchmaking survey when they make their first inquiry. Every maternity nurse, doula and night nanny also goes through a similar survey, and we also have feedback from previous clients, so we know them really well. Based on your parenting style, preferences, values and beliefs we then match you with a newborn specialists that who best matches your parenting style, preferences and personality. You then choose who to interview, and who to hire
We recognise that on a rare occasion the matching won’t work out, for whatever reason. If you’re not happy with newborn experts we initially suggest, we’re happy to suggest more candidates for you. Also, if you think you’ve found your match but you later realise it’s not working, you can always get back to us and we’ll reassess, and find new candidates if needed.
It’s completely free! You only pay our fees after you’ve determined a good match has been made. Read more about our fees in the pricing section.
That’s fine! In which case, just give us a call or email us, and we’ll find the right maternity nurse, doula or night nanny for you in a more traditional way.
No. And that is the reason why we started myTamarin. Other agencies typically suggest candidates based on impersonal criteria only, e.g. availability and geographic proximity, ignoring how delicate and intimate is the relationship between parents and their maternity nurse or night nanny. As a result, our placements are much more successful and happier for everyone involved – parents, nurses and babies!
myTAMARIN NIGHT NANNIES, DOULAS AND MATERNITY NURSES
We are very selective and have very high standards that night nannies, doulas and maternity nurses have to pass. Based on our experience, those who are the best in their profession are repeatedly and continuously recommended by their clients.
All our maternity nurses and night nannies are experienced with newborn babies, and doulas also with pregnant women. Often they will have other nanny, nursing or midwifery experience and/or qualifications as well. Some of our more experienced maternity nurses and night nannies come with no formal qualifications but have additional childcare experience to offer, often first-hand as mums and grandmothers. We also have paediatric nurses, neonatal nurses, community midwives, health visitors and hospital based midwives who work through us as maternity nurses and night nannies.
We have a very thorough 5-step vetting process in place. All candidates:
Only the best stay on our team.
Our maternity nurses can be placed anywhere in the UK, or abroad. Daily maternity nurses, night nannies and doulas are working within the geographic proximity of their homes. Majority of them are based within the Greater London area.
PRICING AND PAYMENTS
The total cost consist of what you pay to your newborn expert, and a matching fee charged by myTamarin.
Maternity nurses usually charge between £180 – £250, and up to £300+ per 24 hours gross (for singles) and more for twins or triplets. Daily maternity nurses typically charge £12-£15 gross per hour for single babies, and more for twins and triplets.
Night nannies charge £12-15 gross per hour for singles, and more for twins and triplets.
It depends on their package. Birth doulas packages range between £1000 and £2000 or £15-30 when they charge on a hourly basis
It means this is the total cost to you. Nanny rates are often expressed on a net basis, which means their employer has to pay taxes, pension and national insurance on top of that rate. Maternity nurses, night nannies and doulas are self-employed though, and hence responsible for their own taxes and other contributions.
We have a very simple fee structure. We have no sign-up fee, no upfront fees, no subscription fees, no hidden fees. All our fees are success-based. We charge 10% on top of what you pay to your newborn expert, subject to a minimum fee.
Our match assessment however is completely free with no strings attached.
Our matching fee is success based, so you pay us upon finding the right candidate, i.e. when you agree to book them.