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- What is an NCS and how is that different from a Doula, Night Nanny or Traditional Nanny. define/explain
- Doula: Define/explain similarities and differences..
- Night Nanny: Define/explain similarities and differences.
- Traditional Nanny: Define/explain similarities and differences.
- Basic Newborn Care
- Building a Nursery
- Special needs of preemies
- Caring for Multiples
- Caring for and building up a post-partum mom: One of the most important jobs of a NCS and why.
- Signs of Post-partum depression and what to do: Covering the major symptoms of post-partum depression and how to handle it (before baby even comes home).
- Recognizing signs of various feeding issues: Reflux, tests, treatment and options. Tongue tie, to clip or not to clip, pyloric stenosis – what is it and what can be done, how to feed a baby with a cleft palate.
- Recognizing signs of food allergies and intolerance’s in infants
- Major Methods of sleep training: Sharing the most common methods of sleep training and how they differ from one another.
- Getting your NCS Business off the ground: Do I need to be “certified” and if so, how do I get it? What are my first steps?
- How can I get more experience so clients will hire me? What legal issues/insurance issues do I need to address? Do I need a resume’? What should be on it? Do I need a contract with clients? How do I get paid? What if a client cancels? What if I get the babies sleeping through the night early and the client wants to terminate my contract early? My client bounced a check, now what? My client forgot to pay me, now what? How do I explain to clients on the phone what I do without spending all day on the phone and without giving away all my talents?
- Tax Overview: What are my tax obligations? Does my client pay taxes on me? My client wants to pay me with a business check?
- Contracts with clients: What needs to be in it? Do I really need it? The client doesn’t want one.
- Liability insurance: Do I need it? Why? Where can I get it?
- Educating Agencies about what I do: Do I need to work with agencies? What do they need to know about what I do in order to “sell” my services to the client?
- Green Practices: My new client wants to use eco-friendly products. What does that mean exactly, do they really work and how do I help her set up a green nursery?
I spent a lovely afternoon at the movies in South Miami watching “Tully” with TLC Miami’s most loved and requested Newborn Care Specialist Patricia Demerite. Even though reviews have been mixed we really enjoyed the movie.
Tully spoke to each of us in so many ways. As a parent of 2 and owner of TLC, I could relate to the chaos and sleep deprivation of a Postpartum mom and the demands of a special needs child while managing a household. Patricia, who has helped over a dozen families over the last 5 years navigate the demands of adding a new baby to a family could relate to the the sensitive nature of working in an intimate family environment. Throughout the movie Pat would lean over to me saying things like “she should wash her hands when she walks in the house,” “she shouldn’t be wearing that midriff,” and “she needs to give the mom more personal space.” When things get weird in the movie and she brings Tully to the bedroom we both look at each other like ‘ok, now this is really weird.’ At the end of the movie we discovered the reason for a lot of the immature oversharing behavior and took a sigh of relief.
After the movie Pat and I discussed Marlo’s (mom) lack of support. We both questioned why Marlo was not willing to take the gift of the night nanny when offered. Why is there a stigma that women have to do it all? Had Marlo accepted help or at least engaged the support of her husband and family she might not have ended up where she did. ***I don’t want to give away any spoilers!***
Postpartum depression and manic behavior require professional help. Hiring a Newborn Care Specialist will not treat postpartum depression. But Patricia and I both feel that the help would have given Marlo support and perhaps directed her to the right professional. Like Marlo, many moms suffer sleep deprivation and loss of identity aftee the birth of a baby. This is because they feel they like they have no support and help. Hiring a Newborn Care Specialist can help moms get on track to feel like themselves again.
Reach out to Chrissy Wheelington, TLC’s Newborn Care Director, to learn more about the different newborn services TLC offers.
Written by Sharon Graff-Radell owner of TLC Family Care.
I’m excited to introduce our guest blogger today, Jessica Mougis. Jessica’s message about doing meditation during your pregnancy is very important. I also think that postpartum moms will find meditation helpful. Meditation will sooth the nerves of nervous sleep deprived moms. Thank you Jessica!
In the third trimester of my pregnancy I found out my baby was breech. I was devastated and refused to accept that my birth experience would not be the natural birth that I had envisioned. I did everything in my power to naturally get my baby to turn, but she never did. It was during my struggles to accept the new path of my pregnancy that I found Expectful – a platform that makes meditation easy for new and expectant moms.
After a few days of meditation I began to feel a sense of peace that had escaped me for so long. Having that quiet time to connect with myself and with my baby helped me to accept my birth plan. Whenever I felt overwhelmed by my thoughts, emotions and fears meditation became the anchor that brought me back to the peace within. When I began reading about the science behind meditation during pregnancy I was amazed to find that along with stress reduction there were many other proven benefits.
· Calmer Baby Temperament. I have found my baby to be generally content. While a large part of that is her nature, I know that meditation and yoga throughout pregnancy have helped me which has also helped her. Babies are extremely sensitive to the energy around them, and I am hopeful that my effort to remain present and aware are positively affecting her.
· Pain Reduction During Birth. My birth was a cesarean delivery. Even though I was given an epidural and numb from the chest down, I felt sensation. The feeling of being paralyzed was scary and could have easily caused me to panic. However, I was able to return to my breath over and over to help me stay present and a calm.
· Easier Recovery. My recovery was difficult. Healing from major abdominal surgery while being sleep deprived and learning how to breastfeed was very overwhelming physically and mentally. I was better equipped to deal with the pain and stress by practicing meditation.
· Connection and Compassion. Meditation nurtures compassion. This has been instrumental in my relationship with my husband. Having a new baby and adjusting to a totally new life can easily cause strain and tension. Practicing meditation helps me to slow down, take deep breaths, and see things from his point of view. This has brought us close together in our early parenthood journey.
As I reflect on my experience and the science behind meditation, it made me wonder why my doctor never addressed mental well being during my pregnancy. When addressing prenatal care, it’s so important that both the body and mind are looked after.
TLC for Kids provides newborn services for families in South Florida and St. Louis, Mo. Visit our website to learn more about our newborn nannies and over night providers.
Jessica is an experienced yoga teacher and filmmaker. She has taught yoga, dance and videography to more than 1000 children, and has led teacher trainings for more than 150 adults nationally and internationally. Jessica currently writes a blog, Lifted Into the World, about her experiences with new motherhood. (https://liftedintotheworld.wordpress.com) She lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband Steve, daughter Emily Rae, and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Romeo.
All parents strive for a good night’s sleep. That is hard to do with a newborn baby in the house. Most newborns will wake every 3 hours or so to eat. After feeding, burping, diaper changes, swaddling and getting baby back to sleep parents have about an hour or two until they need to do it all again.
TLC for Kids can help. TLC’s Newborn Overnight Caregivers come into your home and take care of your baby for the night. Our caregivers have been screened by our professional staff and have years of experience caring for newborns. They even specialize in multiples!
Newborn overnights caregivers typically work 4 to 7 nights a week for the first few months. They will help get your baby on a night time schedule and stay with you until your baby is sleeping through the night.
Let our overnight caregivers help you be your best for your busy day!
More information on TLC for Kids’ Newborn program visit our website or call Angela at 314.725.5660.