Newborn Baby Nurses

Newborn Care Specialist vs Postpartum Doula vs Baby Nurse...what's the difference?

When families are seeking help with a newborn in the home, there are different options from which to choose: Newborn Care Specialist, Postpartum Doula, or a Nurse. While all are similar in what they do, they differ in training, education, and credentialing.

Newborn Care Specialist (NCS): Receives training in basic newborn care with a focus on helping with feeding and sleep. Certification can be earned in just as little as two weeks.

Postpartum Doula (PPD): Typically serves as a postpartum helper for the family as a whole, providing emotional support and assisting with light housework, meals, sibling care and caring for the new baby while parents rest. Certification consists of a short training course and sometimes completing service to a few families.

Nurse: To be legally considered a Night Nurse, the person must be an LPN or RN. LPN and RN are licensed by the state where they work and must have a minimum amount of continuing education credits every two years to sustain that license. Nurses have a college degree specializing in a nursing career.

All Professional Baby Nurses Here!

At Orlando Lactation & Newborn Services, we staff only Registered Nurses for all our newborn services. We are proud of the discernment we use in selecting the most highly-qualified nurses, choosing those with plenty of experience in the specialties of labor and delivery, maternal postpartum care, newborn care and pediatrics.

Collectively our team represents over 200 years of professional nursing experience! In addition to maintaining active State of Florida licensure, our nurses are also required to have current Basic Life Support certification and current Tdap vaccination.

What Newborn Services Look Like…

We will select the best baby nurse for your family based on a preliminary interview where we will assess what you are looking for in a nurse, the area of town you live in and the hours you need. A good fit for everyone is essential to making sure we provide the best service possible. Our goal is to assist you in achieving your goals while allowing you to rest and heal. There is a non-refundable reservation fee of $350 to hold your spot on our schedule.

Day Shift

Your baby nurse comes to your home during the day and assists you, the new parents, with daily activities like feeding, burping, bathing and general education on newborn care. This may give you the freedom to nap, shower, read, work, spend time with your other children…whatever you are needing time for.

Day rates (minimum 4-hour shift):

  • Single Baby: $33/hour
  • Twins: $38/hour
  • Travel Fee: $25 if 30 minutes or more from nurse’s home

Night Shift

The objective here is for parents to get some much-needed rest while the nurse tends to baby through the night. This can be accomplished regardless of baby’s nighttime feeding routine. Although we are not sleep trainers, we can help with establishing good sleep habits by observing sleep patterns and making appropriate suggestions. Your baby nurse will stay with your baby at all times – safety is our top priority.

Night rates (minimum 8-hour shift):

  • Single Baby: $38/hour
  • Twins: $43/hour
  • Travel Fee: $25 if 30 minutes or more from nurse’s home

FAQs about Newborn Baby Nurses and Night Nurses

That is dependent on the number of days or nights needed. While you will have the same staff for the entire length of the job, it may be necessary to utilize more than one nurse to fill your needs. However, we will keep the staff on your job with the fewest number of nurses possible to help ensure consistency.

Ideally you prepare for a nurse prior to delivery. This way you can meet your nursing staff before bringing your newborn home to make sure we understand your needs and we can start supporting your family as soon as baby arrives.

Absolutely. You might not have considered hiring a nurse prior to delivery but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider hiring a nurse to assist once baby has arrived.

Ideally within 1-2 weeks depending on our current schedule and availability. If we are booked and do not have the necessary staff available, we can always refer you to a colleague.

That is entirely up to you and your family. Once you hire us, we will provide nursing services for as long as you need. That could be 2 weeks or 6 months. You decide when you no longer need our services.

Babies are very unpredictable. Ideally, we begin with the hours you think will work best for you depending on your schedule. However, if you find that the schedule does not work for you then we can adjust the schedule to better fit your needs.

No. Although we are nurses and have training as a nurse, we do not do any medical care or treatment on baby. We can assist with medical interventions like diaper cream, Rx medications that have been prescribed by baby’s doctor, and daily VD drops, but we do not provide assessments, vital sign diagnostics, wound care, or any other procedure considered medical care.

Yes. We require a $350 non-refundable reservation fee once you decide to hire our team. Prior to requiring the deposit, we will come to the home so you can meet your staff to make sure we are a good fit for each other. If so, we will collect the reservation fee and schedule your staff. This will reserve your staff and guarantee your nurse/nurses will be available once you deliver.

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