Bringing Home Baby

A new baby in the house is a transition for everyone.  While welcoming home a new baby with hugs and love is amazing, sometimes bringing home a baby can be overwhelming.  Mom is recovering, Mom and Dad are sleep deprived, and  siblings miss being the center of attention.


TLC for Kids knows this transitional period requires more help than usual, so we have two different options to help your family adjust to a new baby.


    1 .      Newborn Overnight Nanny. At TLC for Kids, we have caregivers who work as overnight newborn nannies. An overnight newborn nanny is a caregiver that comes to your house around bedtime and stays awake through the night (they are required to stay awake the entire time) to take care of the baby when he/she wakes up.  The overnight nanny will feed the baby(or bring baby to mom for nursing), change, rock and put the baby back to sleep. This allows new parents to catch up on rest and enjoy a full night’s sleep because they know their baby is receiving the best care possible.


2.      Newborn Specialist. If welcoming a new baby is harder than getting sleep at night, TLC for Kids also offers child care providers who are newborn specialists. Newborn specialists help parents in their home the first few weeks or months of baby’s life with parent education, feeding/breastfeeding, basic baby care, and light housekeeping. Newborn specialists can also help older siblings adjust to sharing mom and dad’s attention with a new baby in the house. Whether you are a seasoned mom or new to parenting, a newborn specialist is an option to help your family adjust.


TLC for Kids is ready to assist you and your growing family, so whether you are expecting and want to find a caregiver before your baby arrives, or already have a newborn but need help, call TLC for Kids today: (314) 725-5660.


Newborn Specialists Help New Moms with Postpartum Depression

Whether you’re becoming a mom for the first time or the fourth, the days and weeks immediately following your baby’s birth can be as overwhelming as they are joyful and exciting.  TLC For Kids’ Newborn Specialists can help.

Many women experience major mood shifts after childbirth, ranging from brief, mild baby blues to the longer-lasting, deeper clinical depression known as postpartum depression.

These emotional surges are believed to be a natural effect of the hormone shifts that occur with pregnancy and childbirth. Levels of estrogen and progesterone that increased during pregnancy drop suddenly after delivery, and this can affect mood. These female hormones return to their pre-pregnancy levels within a week or so. As hormone levels normalize, baby blues usually resolve on their own without medical treatment.  For some women, the feelings of sadness or exhaustion run deeper and last longer than baby blues.

If baby blues linger longer than a week or two, talk to your doctor to discuss whether postpartum depression may be the cause of your emotional lows.

Postpartum depression usually begins 2 to 3 weeks after giving birth, but can start any time during the first few days, weeks, or months post-delivery.  A woman with postpartum depression may feel sad, tearful, despairing, discouraged, hopeless, worthless, or alone.

A new mom suffering postpartum depression may also have trouble concentrating or completing routine tasks.  She may feel indifferent to her baby or not feel attached or bonded.

TLC For Kids’ Newborn Specialists help new moms adjust to life after birth.  They are trained to recognize the signs of postpartum depression and will assist mom in her recovery.

Postpartum depression can last for several months or even longer if it goes untreated. With proper treatment, a woman can feel like herself again. Treatment may include talk therapy, medication, or both. In addition, proper diet, exercise, rest, and social support can be very helpful.
Like all forms of depression, postpartum depression creates a cloud of negative feelings over a new mom.  With the right treatment and support the cloud can be lifted.
To learn more about TLC For Kids’ Newborn Programs, please visit our website at
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Spotlight on a Newborn Specialist

Hi!  My name is Angie, and I have been blessed with the wonderful opportunity to care for newborn babies through my affiliation with TLC for Kids.  I was a part of their team from 1997 to 2005, and then returned in December 2010.
Over the years, I have cared for, nurtured and loved children of all ages, but my greatest joy comes from being able to assist moms and dads when their new little bundle of love finally arrives.  And, as we all know, life as they knew it will never be the same again!
I had worked in the corporate world for 25 years, but my heart always longed to care for children. I finally left my corporate job in 1997, trusting that I could do what I loved and that my financial needs would be met.  I have never looked back, and I have been blessed with so much more than I could have imagined.
My experience includes being a Mom, having 2 granddaughters and 7 step-grandchildren!  I have  “worked” as a full and part-time nanny for premature babies born with special needs, including twins, and those precious little ones who chose to stay put until they were due to arrive!
I have also volunteered in a residential facility for babies born addicted to alcohol and drugs, some of whom were also HIV positive.  Other wonderful experiences include being a “Big Sister” in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, a licensed foster parent, and a respite care provider.  I am currently employed full-time as a paraprofessional by the Special School District of St. Louis County.  My duties include assisting children with special needs in a regular elementary school environment, which is extremely challenging and rewarding!
Most importantly as a TLC temporary nanny – I love and respect each little life I come in contact with.  What an incredible privilege it is to help meet the needs of helpless, totally dependent blessings from above!
My advice to new and “experienced” parents – Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.  Having a new life to care for can be extremely overwhelming, especially with all of the hormonal changes a new Mom is experiencing and Dads wondering what on earth they can do to help!  Getting a good night’s sleep (which can be rare for parents of a newborn) can make a huge difference in having quality bonding time with your precious baby, while getting through all the busyness of the day.   TLC for Kids is always there with wonderful, experienced caregivers just waiting to help you!