I have supported families with newborns for the past 15 years. Starting with triplets(!), my Newborn Care Specialist training prepared me to take on even the most challenging situations. I have come to love every mom, dad and baby that I have had the pleasure of caring for. Being a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) is my passion and I am honored to be able to train other nannies as they prepare to enter this special and rewarding career.
There are many skills that a Newborn Care Specialist needs to get through each day.
- We are a trusted guide: The role of a NCS is not only to care for an infant, but help the parents as well. You have to be willing to become an extension of the family unit in this busy and exciting time of their lives. This is a new phase for couples and you have to be ready to support them emotionally and physically.
- We provide expert advice: Plan to answer many many questions about feeding, sleeping, breastfeeding, infant characteristics and development among other things. Moms and dads will want to “pick your brain” at all times. Be ready! They are looking for your guidance and expertise.
- We work flexible Hours: Your sleeping schedule will change due to the fact that an NCS’s typical hours are 10pm to 6am.
- We are a companion: You may have the privilege of joining the families on doctors visits. Here your job will be to offer an extra set of hands, help them ask questions and remember the answers.
In Sittercycle’s Newborn Care Specialist Class we will prepare you to be as helpful as possible to new parents and the beautiful child they have brought in to this world. You will learn:
What’s covered in the class:
- Nursery Suggestions
- Clothing suggestions
- Preparing new parents to bring home the baby, a room by room guide
- Fetal Development, birth – 3 months
- NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) – what happens there
- Feeding, formula, breast feeding , pumping
- Diapers and what goes in them
- Sleeping, scheduling
- Expected delays and milestones (what’s normal)
- 5 s’s (swaddling)
- Holding babies
- Colic, Reflux and other warning signs
- Helping mom with C section
- Newborn Safety
- Role of the Newborn Care Specialist
Becoming certified by SitterCycle and the NTCA opens new professional doors. Upon completion of your training you will find your skills are in demand. Moms and dads love the fact that you have taken the initiative to educate yourself in the areas where they need support most, during the first months after the arrival of their child. I hope you will find this to be as rewarding as I have throughout my career. Afteral, I have yet to meet a nanny who doesn’t want to cuddle a baby and help a new mom as she welcomes her child into the world. This is the most precious time of her life and a skilled NCS can have a lasting impact on the happiness and confidence of a new family.
Come join other nannies looking to enhance their credentials and confidence caring for newborns and infants by signing up for SitterCycle’s Newborn Care Specialist Certification Class. Registration is currently open for our June class. See you soon![author image=”http://sittercycle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Leeann-Keady.png” ]Leeann Keady lives in Medfield Massachusetts with her husband Michael and their 3 children. Leeann is a former host mother of 4 au pairs who cared for her small children while she worked as an assistant vice president at a mutual fund company in Boston. She left her career in 2000 when Leeann became the community counselor with APIA and has worked with over 300 au pairs and 100 families.
In addition to her role as community counselor, Leeann is also a postpartum Doula, a newborn care specialist a lactation consultant and has written a training manual and teaches care providers to care for newborns, preemies and multiples. In 2013 Leeann started a childcare referral agency where she puts families in need of childcare together with the various childcare options available in her area, of course promoting Au pair in America as the most reliable and cost effective form of childcare.[/author]