Ideally, you will book a maternity nurse as early as possible due to the fact that a lot of candidates accept bookings several months in advance. This ensures a wider choice of candidate to interview.
It is however, possible to find an ‘emergency nurse’ at short notice to cover unforeseen circumstances such as baby’s arriving earlier than expected, problems with feeding or settling baby and difficult deliveries.
Once you have made a decision and found the most suitable candidate for your needs, you will be asked to give a definite start date. If you baby should arrive later than expected, your booked maternity nurse will ask for a retainer of 50% salary for each day that the baby is overdue from the agreed start date.
As maternity nurses are self-employed, they have their own contracts of employment and booking conditions. It is quite normal for a maternity nurse to ask for a deposit to guarantee their booking.