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5 ways a maternity nurse makes your life easier
Mother and Newborn
That’s why many people hire a short-term maternity nurse: a specially-trained person who comes to help look after you and your newborn baby. During those first weeks or months she can be a real godsend, making this huge transition in your lives as easy and comfortable as possible while helping you learn to care for your baby with confidence.
Here are five ways a maternity nurse makes your life easier:
You'll get the rest you need
Yet having a baby is very tiring – physically, mentally and emotionally. In particular, if you’ve had a difficult birth or a C-section you’ll need to be careful with physical tasks like changing and bath time. So getting plenty of rest is important, but it’s much easier said than done.
A maternity nurse is a huge help here. During the day, she can take the baby out for a walk while you have a nap. She can tackle the baby’s laundry (it’s amazing how those sleepsuits, vests and muslins pile up!) and make sure you have food and drink. At night, she can change and resettle the baby once you’ve fed him, or even give him a bottle of expressed milk or formula so you can get a full night’s sleep. Bliss!
You’ll learn the basics from an expert
Bathing a Newborn
Your maternity nurse can show you how to do all these things, using her years of experience to turn you into a pro so that by the time she leaves you feel completely confident.
You’ll have a constant source of advice
Breastfeeding a newborn
With a maternity nurse on hand, there’s always someone you can ask straightaway – a true expert, so you know you can trust the answers. For the anxious new parent, it’s hugely reassuring.
You’ll establish a routine
Nurse looking after crying baby
“A routine needn’t mean rigid timings and military precision,” explains Annie Martin. “A good maternity nurse will help you find a flexible yet structured routine that suits both you and your baby. It will help your baby to settle down for the night, while in the daytime you’ll know when she’ll want to feed, nap or play – so you regain some control and find it easier to plan your day.”
You’ll have help with your other children
Juggling the demands of a new baby with the needs of your toddler or school-age children can be both tricky and tiring. What happens when your two-year-old needs breakfast while you’re breastfeeding the baby, or your four-year-old wants to play with you but the baby’s crying its head off, or you’re due at the school gates but the baby’s only halfway through her nap?
An extra pair of hands is incredibly useful in such moments. Having a maternity nurse allows you one-to-one time with all your children; she can stay with the baby while you do the school run or take the older one to the swings while you enjoy a baby massage class.
A carefully-chosen maternity nurse will give you the support, skills, advice and care that you need at this momentous time. She’ll help you to adapt to your new life and become confident in your new role, so that when she leaves you’re ready not only to cope but also to enjoy your expanded family to the full.
Nannies Incorporated are a leading London agency who place maternity nurses and nannies with clients all over the world.
Phone +44(0) 207 0383 757, email firstname.lastname@example.org.