Bringing home a new baby is an exciting and joyous time. It can also be overwhelming and exhausting to care for your new baby, yourself and your family. TLC for Kids offers new parents three options to help adjust to life at home. All three options bring assistance to parents caring for a new baby. But what is the difference between a Postpartum Doula, a Baby Nurse and a Newborn Care Specialist? Questions like this come to the TLC office every day.
Here is a description of each option.
A Postpartum Doula provides support for the mother and the rest of the family. A big part of the Doula’s job is to “mother the mother” and help the new mother recover after birth. With a Doula there is a lot of focus on education. The Doula can offer breastfeeding and bottle feeding support, help establish newborn procedures and routines, along with other infant care needs. The Postpartum Doula aims to make the mother comfortable and confident in her new role, and to empower the parents to care for their new baby themselves. The Doula can also provide some light housekeeping, errand running and meal preparation. In Miami and Fort Lauderdale Postpartum Doulas can range from $14-$25 per hour.
The hours typically range 4-6 hours a day, but overnights are also possible. The parents can also decide if they want the Doula every day or just a few days a week. There are certification programs that some Doulas complete through these organizations: DONA, CAPPA, Maternity Wise, or Childbirth International.
In South Florida parents typically use the word “Baby Nurse” to describe around the clock infant care assistance. This person is usually not a registered nurse. She is typically a non-medically trained caregiver whose main focus is on the infant. The Baby Nurse has a bed in the room with the baby. She is responsible for feeding, changing, burping, rocking, soothing, and swaddling the new baby. The baby nurse may also assist with the infant’s laundry and bottle washing. In the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area a live-in Baby Nurse charges between $200 and $275 per day.
Newborn Care Specialist (NCS)
The responsibilities of the NCS include feeding, bathing, changing the infant, washing/cleaning/sterilizing bottles, and initiating a schedule for sleeping, meals, nap and play time. Other responsibilities include advising and providing any requested consultation on infant needs, swaddling, breastfeeding guidance, cord and circumcision care and nursery organization. An NCS can work days, nights or around the clock. The training a NCS receives can vary from more official groups like Newborn Care Specialist Association (NCSA) to smaller trainings led by individual agencies or no specific training at all. Many NCS have been providing care to new moms for decades! They bring to the family years of practical experience.
All three caregivers offer overnight services. A good night’s sleep is by far the biggest need for parents with an infant! The caregiver typically arrives at 10 pm and stays until 6 or 7 am, allowing parents to sleep and feel well rested for the next day.
For more information, call TLC and ask about Postpartum Doulas, Baby Nurses, and Newborn Care Specialists today. TLC can provide an extra set of loving arms for you and your new baby!
Family vacations to the beach are fun for everyone. The sun and the sand are a great way for families to relax and unwind. Florida cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton have great beaches and fun things for the family to do during the day. But the nightlife in Miami doesn’t include kids. Miami and Miami Beach have great restaurants and clubs for parents to see while visiting South Florida. Why not have a date night while on vacation?
TLC for Kids Miami has professional babysitters ready to come to your hotel. Our hotel babysitters are reliable, mature and experienced. They arrive at the hotel ready to play with a bag of age appropriate toys for your kids. Along the coast we service hotels like The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale and The Breakers in Palm Beach. In Miami our experienced sitters can come to The Fontainebleau and The Trump Doral among other popular Miami hotels.
To book your South Florida hotel babysitter contact us at 305-256-5905 or ask the hotel concierge to contact TLC for Kids.
TLC For kids has been providing nanny placements in St. Louis for over 27 years and recently opened an office in South Florida. We are often asked why an agency can be a benefit for families when there are so many do-it-yourself options on the web. I wanted to share a list of quick points to consider when making your choice!
Advantages of Using Nanny Agencies
A good nanny agency saves time for both nanny and family. It has tested procedures for recruiting, advertising, screening, and counseling, and policies regarding both placement and refunds.
It has an established reputation based on previous nanny placements, which in turn draws additional nannies and families into its registry, improving the choices for all.
A good nanny agency treats nanny and family as equals. Both are its clients, for without one it will not have the other.
A good nanny agency provides a solid nanny/family contract.
A good nanny agency stands behind its placements and impartially counsels both parties in case of on-the-job conflict.
A good nanny agency monitors the success of its nanny placements and may even offer workshops and gatherings that support both nanny and family.
Experience with a good nanny agency is probably the best possible introduction to the placement process: when a nanny has fulfilled her commitment to a good agency placement, the experience – awareness of screening procedures and of the many hitches along the way – will help both nanny and family in the next go-around.
A good nanny agency is known by its customer service, the caliber of the nannies and families it serves, and the frequent long-term success of its placements.
Screening Tools Used by Nanny Agencies
Nanny agencies have developed an arsenal of screening tools to help them in their work. A good agency knows how to spot “red flags” and eliminates the candidates who don’t meet their requirements. Sometimes the detailed application and the knowledge that the agency will be screening them alone helps screen those that would otherwise try to apply directly to an on-line site or individual families.
These tools include:
Application forms, which cover education and work history and provide “what-if” questions to assess childcare knowledge.
Minimum standards for applicants.
Age: 18 was the minimum; some nanny agencies may expect applicants to be at least 21.
Experience: initially “some babysitting,” now more often two years full time in a similar situation, even for those with teaching experience (great but not the same).
Education: initially a high school diploma, now often two or more years of college.
Interviews, one or several by telephone (for out-of-state applicants) and/or in person, for both nanny and family. Local applicants should without exception have been interviewed in person, with references checked prior to referral to the family. A premium service may interview nanny and/or family in-home.
Reference checks, as letters or conducted by telephone, anecdotal or fill-in-the-blanks.
Criminal record checks.
Driving record checks.
Standardized questionnaires for interviewing useful in comparing nanny candidates.
Standardized personality screening of nanny and/or family to assess personal style and potential for mutual compatibility of family and nanny.