Hello my name is Celia Williams. This is me with little Tarka, one of the many babies I have looked after.
In 2004 I signed up for the Maternity and Nanny Training course in Basingstoke, Hampshire, run by Phillippa Jones. The course provides training to experienced nannies, child-minders, midwives and maternity nurses. It helps them to brush up on skills and receive the most up to date advice from dedicated professionals. Doing the course was one of the best decisions I made in my life. I am passionate about helping new parents. It is such a challenging and exciting time of their life. I help parents to guide their newborn into a regular eating and sleeping pattern so they feel confident and relaxed about their new family life together.
In my role as a maternity nurse, a love of newborn babies and the ability to get along with people from all walks of life has been vital. The job entails lots of disturbed nights and requires a huge amount of patience. Every family is different and it’s always such a wonderful experience to feel a part of their journey. Over the years, I have learnt a huge amount about how best to cope with life as a new parent. I will share my knowledge and experience on this blog. I hope that new mothers and fathers will read it and find lots of useful tips to ease them into the first few happy but exhausting weeks with their baby.
A career as a maternity nurse is hard work but can be incredibly rewarding. I also hope that this blog can help to encourage lots of aspiring maternity nurses to go out there and get the training behind them. I am sure they will find it a life changing experience.
If you are a soon-to-be-new parent and are considering have a maternity nurse living in with you for the first few weeks after birth, you may want to lean a little more about what their role involves. Their role involves taking care of the physical needs of the newborn baby, giving advice on breast-feeding techniques, and ensuring that the mother follows a suitable diet and gets adequate rest. The mother and father will be shown how to change nappies, bottle-feed, bath, wind and settle the baby to sleep. They will learn how to read the signs the baby is giving them. Different cries can mean the baby is hungry, windy, overtired or uncomfortable, or they may just be trying to settle themselves to sleep.
The maternity nurse will be there to help with every stage of looking after the baby and can take over when the parents need to relax or sleep. Most maternity nurses have the baby with them in their room overnight, so they can do the bottle feed if the mother is expressing, or settle the baby after being breastfed. A baby should sleep in the same room as an adult for the first six months after birth. A good maternity nurse should keep a daily record of everything that occurs in any 24 hour period so the parents can keep this and show it to a visiting midwife.
When you have your first child, you will be given so much advice from friends, colleagues and relatives, as well as in the books you read. Listening to too many people can be confusing. The advice can often be conflicting or out of date. Listening to the advice of your maternity nurse can be invaluable and should have a very calming influence on the family household. A maternity nurse is paid for her expertise, so her advice can be relied upon.