Newborn Care Specialist Training

Interested in becoming a Certified NCS or advancing your skills as an NCS? Newborn Care Solutions is bringing their popular Foundational training to West Palm Beach, September 22-23 and you can take advantage of this training!


  • 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?


‘Tully’ Through the Eyes of a Newborn Care Specialist

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.

Swaddling your newborn has important benefits!

As the director of our Newborn Care Program at TLC Family Care, I am asked many questions about infant care. I hear a lot of questions about the importance of swaddling. Last night I had the opportunity to attend the Certified Newborn Specialist and Postpartum Doula training through Parenting Resources in St. Louis. swaddling a newbornDuring class, I learned how to properly swaddle a baby using the “nurses swaddle” technique. My instincts and previous training about swaddling were confirmed; swaddling your baby can make a huge impact on the happiness of your baby and the amount of sleep you and your baby will get in the first few weeks and months of life. 
A good swaddle can keep your baby from being disturbed or wakened by her own startle reflex which causes her to wake up no matter how tired she is. Newborn babies can be swaddled anywhere from 18-20 hours per day and sleep 38% better than newborn babies that are not swaddled. You should swaddle your baby within hours of giving birth and continue to do so until they are approximately four months old or starting to roll over, whichever comes first. 
As a parent, I knew that swaddling is encouraged by doctors and nurses but I am not sure I truly understood the benefits until now. I would recommend everyone learning how to swaddle correctly and do it often. It can be a lifesaver. 
During the next few weeks, I will be sharing more helpful hints regarding the care of newborns! Stay tuned.

The Surprising Science Behind Meditation During Pregnancy

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. ( She lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband Steve, daughter Emily Rae, and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Romeo.


Interview with a TLC Newborn Nanny Specialist

For the last few weeks our blog has been focusing on Newborn Care Specialists.  We had the exciting opportunity to interview Sue M recently.  Sue is one of TLC’s best Newborn Care Specialists.
Newborn Care Specialist

TLC: What training company did you use and what classes did you take?

Sue: I took the Newborn Care Specialist Training with Gentle Ventures Training Center.  The center is located in Glendale, AZ, but you can take the classes on line.

TLC: Did you find the online class was easy to use and that it fit into your schedule?

Sue: Yes, I was able to do the class at my own pace and I had up to a year to complete it.

TLC: What did the class entail?  Watch video’s, take quizzes, read articles, did you do any hands on training?

Sue: I received a 250 page manual to use while I followed along with online videos.  At the end of each chapter there are questions to answer and at the end of the training there is a test that must be passed to receive a certificate of completion.

TLC: What was your newborn experience prior to taking the class?

Sue: Prior to taking the Gentle Ventures Newborn Care Specialist Training I was a nanny for 15 years.  In the 15 years as a nanny I cared for about 4 newborns.   Since taking the class about 6 months ago I have cared for another 7 newborns!

TLC: Please share with us some of the things you learned and what you’ve been able to teach parents.

Sue: I have learned so much! Some of the things I have been able to teach parents are: healthy sleep habits and sleeping environments for babies, what the best formulas are on the market today and what ingredients to avoid, calming techniques, how to swaddle and why it is important, and natural ways to help ease gas and reflux symptoms…

TLC: Why do you like working with newborns and why did you want to become a Newborn Care Specialist?

Sue: In 2014 I became employed as a temporary nanny for a couple with a 10 week old baby.  This baby was the calmest, happiest baby I had ever cared for and the reason why is because the parents had planned ahead by reading and researching healthy habits for their baby.   They were determined to get the baby off to a good start with sleep and feeding routines. These routines hardly ever had us wondering or guessing what the baby needed or wanted and this baby rarely needed to fuss or cry because all his needs were met.  I was so impressed by this that I began to do my own research and found out that with proper training I could help families make a much smoother adjustment to bringing home a newborn than most parents actually are experiencing! My passion is to do just that! I love to partner with parents and help new families overcome the challenges that a new child brings.  I can help parents enjoy this time and set up best practices that will result in a smooth transition for them and their newborn.

TLC: Do you plan on taking other newborn classes on line?

Sue: There are many courses offered not only online but also in person, several are listed on the NCSA (Newborn Care Specialist Association) website and others can be found through networking. I look forward to continuing my education as standards of practice are always changing and there is always more to learn!

I am still working on my certification. To become certified through the NCSA a person must:  1. Complete a course that is approved by the NCSA.  2. Successfully pass the NCSA’s membership test.  3. Complete internship hours or have 2 years experience working with newborns.

Not only have I taken the online class with Gentle Ventures, I also flew out to Arizona to attend an advanced course with Newborn Care Solutions.  Right now I am about halfway to the goal of certification.

Thank you Sue for answering our questions about being a Newborn Care Specialist. If you would like to learn more about TLC for Kids and our newborn care visit our website or give us a call 314-725-5660 in St. Louis or 305-256-5905 in Florida.


How to Become A Newborn Care Specialist

Have you thought about becoming a Newborn Care Specialist or a Postpartum Doula? Many nannies have decided to become more specialized in the field of newborn care. Working as a newborn specialist is a fulfilling job for those who love infants and enjoying educating and supporting new parents as they adjust to their baby.

Newborn care specialists are up-to-date on the latest techniques for swaddling, colic, breastfeeding, sleep and more. They not only help nurture and care for precious newborns they help build confidence in new parents caring for their little ones. First time parents need the help and advice that a professional can offer. But, we all know no two babies are the same! Newborn specialists are also needed to help families with more than one child. What worked to calm one baby might not work to calm a sibling.

If you are interested in becoming a newborn care specialist there are training courses for nannies, nurses, babysitters or anyone interested in becoming a Newborn Care Specialist. There are many places to get started. First consider classes taught at local hospitals and colleges. After you get your feet wet and feel this is something you really want to do check out some of the following online courses that we think would be a beneficial. Courses like these are a good investment into your future. With a certification like this you could get newborn work making $17-$25/hr!

Newborn Care Specialist Association:   The NCSA is a international association dedicated to the professional Newborn Care Specialist. It has been developed to oversee ongoing education in the field of newborn care. Their continuing education providers are designed to educate using the most up-to-date skills in this profession. It is the association’s desire for these higher standards of care to spread across the country and raise the bar in this industry.

Gentle Ventures Training Center: Gentle Ventures is the number one rated, research based training center in the nation for newborn care.   They were the first to begin teaching on line and  have trained most of the teachers of other newborn care classes.   To see a sample of their teaching please watch a little bit of their first class. 

TLC for Kids is always looking for certified Newborn Care Specialists to join our team.  If you are interested in working for TLC visit our website at

TLC for Kids Newborn Care

TLC has been providing newborn care to families for over 30 years; Long before I became a mom!

I have been reading up on the newest techniques in caring for newborns and can’t believe how much things have changed. The things I was taught for my three kids (ages 10,8 and 7) are no longer the standard way of doing things.
With more research being done on babies, theories on nursing, sleep training and newborn care have evolved.

I am really excited about some of the things I’m learning and will be sharing them with you guys over the next few months.

Stay tuned!