Maternity Nurses

Silentnight Private Staff appreciate how important it is to find the right person to employ as a Maternity Nurse to suit the individual needs of your family. To meet these requirements we operate a thorough screening process and all our Maternity Nurses are fully qualified, enhanced DBS checked, have excellent and constantly updated references and are totally committed to their positions. From the moment you arrive home with your baby your Maternity Nurse will provide you with total support, reassurance and advice for up to 24 hours a day to ease you into your new role.

Role of a Maternity Nurse

Arriving home with your new baby can be a daunting and extremely tiring time. A Maternity Nurse will live with your family and provide you with invaluable support and knowledge from the time you arrive home with your new baby for normally 6-12 weeks by which time a good routine will have been established. Your Maternity Nurse will be with you 24 hours a day for 5-6 days per week, depending on individual requirements, but does require a 3-4 hour mutually convenient break.

What are the duties of a Maternity Nurse?

  • Providing support and guidance and teaching parents how to care for their new baby

  • Giving advice on all aspects of baby care including breast or bottle feeding, setting routines, general baby care and hygiene
  • Making sure that mum is well rested

  • Baby’s laundry and nursery cleanliness

  • Sterilising and making up bottles

  • Night feeds

A Maternity Nurse will be able to give invaluable advice on a variety of issues including:

  • Developing feeding routines

  • Bathing and changing the baby

  • Sleep training

  • Helping to deal with postnatal depression
  • Breast or bottle feeding techniques

  • Winding

  • Reflux

  • Colic
  • Teething

Screening Process

We take our job very seriously in providing the very best Maternity Nurses the United Kingdom has to offer. All Maternity Nurses who apply to work with us must pass our stringent screening process before we can place them with a family.

We know all the specialist qualities we are looking for and during their initial interview we can get a real feel for if they have the skills and experience required that makes them an expert in their field.

All our Maternity Nurses must have:

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate

  • Enhanced DBS Check

Many will have completed training courses in:

  • Breast and bottle feeding

  • Weaning

  • Sleep training

  • Multiple babies

Formal qualifications held by our Maternity Nurses may include:

  • Maternity Nurse Training OCN level 3 and 4

  • NVQ Level 3

  • BTEC Nursery Nursing

  • City & Guilds

NB: Details of individual Maternity Nurse’s experience and qualifications are clearly detailed on their CV.

Maternity Nurse Costs

Maternity Nurses are self-employed and responsible for paying their own Tax and National Insurance. Their salaries can vary according to experience and whether they are responsible for a single baby, twins or triplets. The following salaries are a guideline only and some very experienced nurses may charge a little more.

Cost per 24 hours
Maternity Nurse – Single Baby £150 – £270
Maternity Nurse – Twins £170 – £350
Maternity Nurse – Triplets £170 – £350

*Travel costs, including parking, are covered by the placement family and should be taken into account when considering costs.

Newly qualified Maternity Nurses Costs

We have a wonderful team of newly qualified Maternity Nurses called Maternity Nannies who work at a lower rate whilst gaining practical experience. This option gives you that extra pair of hands when you need them most but keeps your costs to a minimum.

Cost per 24 hours
Maternity Nurse – Single Baby £100 – £140
Maternity Nurse – Twins £120 – £150
Maternity Nurse – Triplets £120 – £150

*Travel costs, including parking, are covered by the placement family and should be taken into account when considering costs.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How long do I need a Maternity Nurse for?
A: This really depends on each families individual circumstances and requirements but most bookings last between 6–12 weeks. During this time a good routine will have been established.

Q: How far in advance do I need to book a Maternity Nurse?
A: Maternity Nurses are normally booked 3–6 months prior to your due date. This gives you plenty of opportunities to conduct interviews and feel comfortable you have found the right Maternity Nurse for you.

Q: Do I need to cook meals for my Maternity Nurse?
A: No, Maternity Nurses will cook their own meals. Many will be happy to cook occasional meals for the family but this should be discussed with the Maternity Nurse prior to booking their services.

Q: We are travelling abroad during the time we want to book a Maternity Nurse, will she be able to travel with us?
A: Maternity Nurses are normally happy to travel with you but please discuss all destinations, dates and requirements with them prior to their services.

Q: Where does a Maternity Nurse sleep?
A: Maternity Nurses usually sleep in a spare room or nursery with the baby/babies. They will require a bed.