The Modern Babynurse - Postpartum Services for the Modern Family.

FAQ about my Babynurse, Postpartum Doula, Newborn Specialist, Newborn Care Specialist and Baby Nanny services.Questions Answered - FAQ
Questions?  Here is a list of the most commonly asked questions I receive. If you have any additional questions please contact me.  Thank you!

 "Having Jennifer was a great experience. She was wonderful with both children and made the first few months much easier."  -Mother of Singleton
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Is a baby nurse an RN?

No. A baby nurse is a non-clinical newborn specialist with extensive, hands-on infant experience. She comes into the home to assist new parents with the day-to-day care of their newborn. There is currently no nationally recognized certification or training for baby nurses. Because of this fact I have taken the postpartum doula training as well as a lactation course. Additionally, I am committed to staying current with all the latest evidence-based infant care issues. 
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Why should I retain the services of a baby nurse?

Having a baby nurse is a luxury that provides parents with both enrichment and convenience. The role of a baby nurse in the postpartum period is unmatched by any friend or family member. I come with knowledge and suggestions regarding infant products, feeding, swaddling, and scheduling. With my expertise you will be able to receive the rest you need after delivery.
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The role of a baby nurse defined

I am available to provide full charge care for your infant as needed, however, parental involvement is encouraged and should never be limited by a baby nurse. I am available to answer questions, teach swaddling techniques, assist with the first bath, and encourage bonding between parents and their infant when desired. Below is a detailed list of typical baby nurse duties. 

  • Feeding

  • Bathing

  • Cleaning, sterilizing and preparing bottles

  • Initiating a schedule for sleeping, meals, nap and play-time

  • Laundering infant clothing and linens, including washing, drying, folding and putting away

  • Keeping the nursery tidy

  • Changing linens

  • Maintaining all supplies

  • Restocking baby care items

  • Emptying diaper containers

  • Keeping the infant play areas and bathroom tidy

  • Keeping age appropriate toys safe and in good working order

  • Keeping a daily journal of schedules and moods

  • Running infant related errands as directed

  • Transporting infant to activities and appointments as agreed upon by the parent

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What is your philosophy regarding baby sleep schedules?

I have heard many stories of baby nurses who claim they can get any baby to sleep through the night in as little as 1-6 weeks of age. The problem I have with such claims is that these ‘methods’ always include some variation of the ‘cry-it-out’ (CIO) method. While some crying is normal and to be expected, I do not believe in closing the door and letting a newborn CIO for more than 5 minutes, and even that is rare.

I would be happy to discuss my reasons behind my methods in detail with prospective clients. The CIO method typically DOES work, but I feel it is damaging to the newborn and therefore, simply will not do it. That being said, CIO may be appropriate for older babies who are ready to sleep through the night. My basic rule of thumb is to follow the baby’s cues and avoid negative associations from the start. I discuss with my clients what I look for to indicate ‘readiness’ for sleep training. When baby is ready and I’ve been given the ok by the client I then begin the process of sleep training which often includes a more gentle version of the CIO method.
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Please describe a typical night of work with a newborn.

I begin my shift by checking in with the parents and getting any pertinent information regarding the day. I review the baby’s schedule and prepare formula for my shift. I typically like to gather everything I will need for a shift to limit the amount of movement in the home throughout the night. If bathing the infant is required I typically do that early on in the evening as to promote the association of the evening bath and bottle with going to sleep. Throughout the night I keep track of feeding cycles while keeping the environment in the nursery conducive to sleep. At the end of my shift I prepare bottles for the following day (if needed) and make sure things are cleaned up from the night including diapers put away, bottles washed and any baby laundry washed, folded and put away.
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Please describe how you help mothers while breastfeeding?

Once breastfeeding is established I typically assist mom by bringing the baby to her for feedings, keeping track of when baby eats and for how long, and helping to tweak the feeding schedule in order to work best for the whole family. In the beginning, while breastfeeding is still being established I support mom through observation and making suggestions when needed. I encourage and try to support her through any issues of guilt, fear or self doubt she may have regarding her ability to nourish her newborn. I always bring a very easy to read breastfeeding troubleshooting guide with me on jobs. This allows me to be able to quickly and easily look up info to assist with the most common issues. I am also qualified to observe typical breastfeeding problems and assist with solutions. When needed, I refer to a lactation consultant for further assistance.
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When should I reserve a baby nurse?

It is best to book a baby nurse several months in advance. Once contracted, I will be in contact with you throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. Although it is ideal to book early, I am sometimes able to accommodate last minute requests so please do not allow timing to prevent you from contacting me. I am also in contact with several other baby nurses who may have availability if I do not. 
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Describe the hiring process.

Once you’ve agreed to hire me a deposit is due upon contract signing. At this time your requested dates are reserved. The contract and deposit are in place to protect both parties.
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When will you arrive?

When you contract my services well in advance I will not agree to any other assignments that interfere with your due date. I can be waiting for you upon your return from the hospital or I can go with you to the hospital to bring your infant home. Many families have their baby nurse arrive a few days early to get supplies organized and get acquainted with other family members prior to the arrival of mom and baby.
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