Maternity nurses offer a smooth transition into parenthood. Their wealth of experience is invaluable to new parents that wish to learn all aspects of caring for their new baby, including development, feeding and settling. Maternity nurses are not there to take over your baby, but to guide, encourage and advise. This builds confidence and promotes the bonding process in those precious, but daunting, first few weeks.
Whether it is to recuperate from the birth, establish breast feeding or set up workable sleeping routines, a maternity nurse is the expert child carer for the role. For those families expecting twins or triplets, the extra pair of hands and knowledgable advice is invaluable!
Maternity nurses help families in the private home immediately following the birth of a baby. They remain with a family for long enough to leave new parents feeling confident and able to cope alone or when baby is settled into a routine. This is normally a period of 4 – 12 weeks, depending on the number of babies and the individual circumstances. For example, caesarean sections take at least six weeks to recuperate from.
Maternity nurses are very much baby-centred rather than mother-centred. If you would prefer a helper who cares for you so that you can concentrate on the baby, you should consider hiring a doula from British Doulas.