Maternity nurses also known as post-natal carers or maternity practitioners, support the mother and their newborn. The maternity nurse supports the mother usually within the first 4 – 8 weeks, supporting the mother from the time she leaves hospital, and helping the baby settle into a routine.
Maternity nurses are generally required to work six days a week, 24 hours a day (with negotiable rest periods). Alternatively, some maternity nurses cover an 8 -12 hour period, night or day.
The maternity nurse role also includes:
- Providing emotional support to the family in dealing with the transition of having a new baby
- Establishes a feeding routine with the baby (breastfeeding or using formula)
- Support the mother to get rest. The maternity nurse will either feed the newborn or take the newborn to the mother to be fed.
- Supports the mother and family to feel confident in handling the newborn
- Change and settle the baby after feeds
- Monitor the baby's weight gain, growth and sleeping patterns
- Advise on the use of equipment
Many maternity nurses specialise in multiple births, and in some cases provide support to distressed parents, depressed mothers.
Maternity nurses are not required to care for older siblings, complete domestic chores unless previously agreed beforehand.
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