It’s a common mistake — people referring to a Newborn Care Specialist, Night Nanny, or even a Postpartum Doula as a “Baby Nurse” or “Night Nurse.”
The term “baby nurse” is outdated and in most cases used improperly. While there are some Newborn Care Specialists or Postpartum Doulas that are RN’s, it is not common.
It’s actually illegal in most states for providers to use the term “nurse” unless they are a registered nurse. And it is illegal in ALL states to claim a license that you do not hold.
So who are you actually looking to hire? Let’s review the difference between a Newborn Care Specialist, Night Nanny, & Postpartum Doula.
A Newborn Care Specialist is a highly specialized and trained in-home childcare provider who focuses on the care and well-being of a newborn (i.e. the first 12-16 weeks of life). These providers usually operate with minimal guidance from parents.
A Night Nanny is a nanny that works overnight shifts under the direct guidance & supervision of parents. Night nannies often work at the home during the night shift and take care of the baby while the parents sleep and assist with feeding as necessary. If the baby is breast fed, the specialist will bring the baby to the mother for feeding then get the baby back to bed.
A Postpartum Doula’s primary focus is on supporting the family in the first few weeks after a baby is born vs. caring exclusively for the newborn. A postpartum doula provides education, emotional support, & assistance with light household chores. The focus is on supporting the parent(s) and empowering them to feel confident caring for the baby themselves.
Now that you know all these, let us know how we can help match you with the right caregiver for your family’s needs!
SOURCE: White House Nannies