A Few Questions to Ask

  • What are their views on breast vs bottle feeding and would they support you with your chosen method.
  • If breastfeeding have they dealt with any complications and how did they handle these i.e. mastitis, latching problems, engorged breasts etc.
  • Are they prepared to help and advise on dietary requirements for breastfeeding mums and what are their views on making light snacks etc to keep Mum going?

“AS FIRST TIME PARENTS YOU MAY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE FOR YOUR BABY – SO A GOOD START IS TO ASK A MATERNITY NURSE TO DESCRIBE HER TYPICAL DAY TO YOU.”

As most people employ a maternity nurse to help establish some type of routine for the household it is always important to make sure you are all on the same page. Think about the type of lifestyle you lead – if you are a fairly routine oriented person you may like a stricter, more formal approach, whereas if you like to go with the flow, maybe a loose pattern to your day is the better approach.

Establishing Views

Most maternity nurses will follow your wishes; however it is good to establish their views on the following:

  • Views on swaddling
  • Do they use a dummy
  • Do they leave the baby to self soothe or do they rock the baby to sleep
  • If visitors pop by, what are their thoughts to changing routines
  • Do they like to go out every day with the baby or do they prefer to stay indoors
  • Do they take a break during the day and if so how do they fit this in?

As this person will be living in your house you need to think about how much you would want to include the maternity nurse in your general life. Some candidates are happy to get involved and cook and evening meal for or with the family, others prefer to eat separately and allow Mum and Dad some “alone” time in the evening and some will do a mixture. You need to think about what will make you feel comfortable and don’t be afraid to speak your mind – a maternity nurse would far rather know up front.

Contact a Consultant

As maternity nurses are self-employed they will have their own rates and contracts they work with. If you like someone you should establish what their norm is – do they charge a deposit, what is their policy if the baby arrives late. Do they have different rates for bank holidays etc?

When you decide on your chosen maternity nurse please feel free to call a few of her references to verify that she is the correct person for you. Lastly let us know as soon as possible so that we can stop advertising your post and ensure the maternity nurse does not become booked by other potential employers.

Please feel free to call your consultant at Maternity Solutions at any time during this process or during the booking and we will be happy to help with any questions. We will also contact you post placement for feedback on the maternity nurse as this will allow us to continue getting the right matches for both families and maternity nurses.