What exactly happens while the Night Nurse/Newborn Caregiver is here?
The role of the Registered Nurse or Newborn Care Provider (NCP) is to provide nurturing overnight care to newborns and evidence based education to parents. This means we provide:
- any and all care of the child while we’re in your home (diapering, feeding, burping, soothing, swaddling, bathing and whatever else your baby needs
- evidence based education to parents
- breast and bottle feeding support
- support getting baby on a schedule and sleeping through the night if that is parents goal
- perinatal care to help mother recuperate from birth
- mentla health screening for both parents
Your baby nurse or NCP will also document baby’s feeding, diaper changes and other relevant info using our documentation App, LMS Live.
What do I need to provide while the nurse is here?
Families need only provide whatever their child needs. Water, formula, breastmilk, bottles, a nasal aspirator, access to diapers and whatever clothing or items you feel baby needs. Caregivers also need a small lamp and comfortable area to monitor baby. (A completely dark nursery doesn't work very well.)
Who are your staff exactly? How can I feel safe with them?
Our Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Medical Technicians and Certified Nursing Assistants carry their Nursing Board licenses and reside in the Philadelphia, Main Line and Center City areas. This means they have had clinical training and are accountable to Pennsylvania Board of Nursing. You can look up your caregiver right now if you want!
Our non-clinical caregivers with newborn and infant care experience have either 5+ years of private duty experience or have passed the Newborn Care Provider (NCP) certificate program. We use the title "NCP" but sometimes it's called postpartum doula.
Background checks, vaccinations and flu shots are compulsory and we're happy to share these with you.
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I'm having twins! I'm having triplets! Can you help?!
Yes! Our Night Nurses and Newborn Care Providers can easily handle all nighttime feeding, daily planning and allow the babies to get on the same schedule. We can also allow you to have 1 on 1 time with each baby while we care for the other(s)! We'll help the babies get on the same schedule, support mom through nursing, help care for preemies and share our tips and tricks for multiples.
I’m breastfeeding, what’s the point of having a night nurse?
In the first nights home from the hospital we'll provide lactation support through your breastfeeding session to ensure nursing is off to a successful start. She will then provide all care after baby has nursed; changing, burping, diapering and soothing back to sleep.
As the nights weeks go by and baby becomes more wakeful, a Newborn Care Provider will bring baby to mom to nurse, or pump and do all the soothing, changing and burping baby needs. The goal is for parents to never get out of bed unless they want to.
Do you help with sleep training or getting my baby on a schedule?
Sure- we are happy to give gentle and non-judgemental support of your safe sleep plans. We call it "sleep helping." :) If you're interested in helping your baby sleep through the night now, and your pediatrician agrees it's a good idea, this blog details the gentle, gradual methods that seem to work in helping babies sleep long stretches through the night.
Do you serve Military families?
Yes. We have a 501c3 non-profit extension called Mission: Sleep which provides free, overnight newborn care to military families and first responders where one partner is deployed, wounded or deceased when baby is born. Companies that donate get advertising for life!