What is the Babyem level 5 Advanced Maternity Nurse Training?

This advanced online Maternity Nurse Training, with 7 core modules teaches passionate professionals like you the latest evidence-based research, on a diverse range of advanced topics related to caring for very young babies, from prematurity, birth trauma, cultural sensitivity, allergies and reflux, complex feeding difficulties, and more.


Whether you are working in a neonatal ward, in a private home or out in the community, your experience has already shown you that there’s a need to be able to support families and their infants who are experiencing more challenging issues than the regular bumps in the road that most new parents are struggling with.  


As an already established professional working with babies, this course is designed to build upon the foundations of the training and experience you already have. It will broaden and deepen your knowledge and expertise, so you can feel confident working with these more complex cases, providing families with this much-needed advanced level of service. 


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We support you every step of the way, based on what we know you need, from our 10+ years specialising in training for baby and child care professionals, including…

Putting holistic and evidence-based practice at the heart of everything you learn. We teach you what you need to know, based on the most up to date research, so that you can support families to make informed choices that protect the parent-child relationship.


Having a multi-agency team of industry experts on hand to support you. Our globally-recognised trainers are instrumental in shaping and changing our industry, having written NICE guidelines, Cochrane reviews, and many are published authors.


Gain practical hands-on experience, confidence, and be best-placed to find employment, through our newborn placement scheme. You get our full support, from helping you apply, matching you with placements, and pairing you with our Maternity Nurse Ambassadors for direct support.


Cutting through the myths and supporting you to help parents to make informed choices. We don’t just tell you WHAT to do, we tell you WHY (based on evidence) and HOW to apply theory into PRACTICE to meet the individual needs of each child. 


Providing you with continued learning opportunities to keep you up to date with best practice and changing guidelines. You have access to live monthly workshops through our online community, as well as support from experienced maternity nurses and peers.



With our online maternity course, you have the benefit of completing the training in your own time, at home, on the go, day or night. Course highlights include:

Our multi-disciplinary team of childcare experts will provide the latest information on a diverse range of topics related to caring for very young babies, from birth trauma to feeding difficulties.

We don’t just teach you WHAT to do, we teach you WHY to do it so that you can feel confident that you are giving your clients the best possible support. Our speakers have written systematic reviews contributed to medical journals and run their own private practices.

With audio and downloadable options, we make it easy for you to learn, whatever your style and no matter how busy you are.

So you can use these documents with your clients and always look professional. 

The online Maternity Nurse Training is accredited at level 5 through the Open College Network, the largest vocational awarding body in the UK.

Being part of our active community you will receive monthly Q& A seminars and have your questions answered by industry specialists and experienced Maternity Nurses.


This course is suitable for practitioners who have over 3 years of practical experience caring for newborns, and who already hold a qualification or certificate in newborn care e.g. doula, maternity nurse, midwife, health professional, doctor etc…


Maternity Nurses and Sleep Consultants who want to expand their knowledge of caring for newborns with current evidence-based practice. Also suitable for those wanting to learn a wide range of skills to meet the individual needs of babies.


Maternity Assistants working on postnatal hospital wards who want to develop their knowledge caring for newborns. As well as those wanting to learn a wide range of skills to meet the individual needs of babies.


Doula’s or birth coaches who want to expand their knowledge when supporting clients postnatally. As well as those wanting to learn a wide range of skills to meet the individual needs of babies.


Midwives and health professionals such as health visitors and GPs who are looking to develop their knowledge of caring for newborns, and be updated with current evidence-based practice.


Other professionals in the field such as Breastfeeding Peer Supporters who already have significant experience working with parents and babies, and who are looking to gain a deeper holistic understanding of factors affecting babies.

“This level 5 Maternity nurse training is absolutely brilliant.  Evidence-based, compassionate and sympathetic to the development needs of new babies.  This is a must for anyone wanting to update their skills”


Mary Kelly, Maternity Nurse


“This course supports you and the families you work with to reflect on challenging situations so that together you can work in a gentle, holistic way to find solutions that work for the whole family.”


  • What is culture? How does our own culture affect our practice?
  • How to develop culturally sensitive ways of working.
  • Different expectations, behaviours, customs and practices in several major world religions.
  • Specific aspects relating to birth, lactation and the early postpartum period to be aware of.
  • Normal pregnancy and birth.
  • Assisted conception, fertility treatment, interventions and complications.
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy.
  • Complications in pregnancy (diabetes, pre-eclampsia, placenta praevia).
  • Obstetric, foetal and neonatal emergencies.
  • Instrumental and surgical birth.
  • Postpartum complications.
  • Possible physical stresses and strains from the position in utero, positioning during delivery and effects of instrumental delivery influencing the baby’s ability to move comfortably post-partum.
  • Recognising the cause of discomfort in an unsettled, yet otherwise healthy baby.
  • Risk factors for premature birth.
  • The appearance, possible clinical course, chances of survival and long-term prognosis of prematurely born babies.
  • Caring for premature babies and their carers.
  • Levels of neonatal care and the impact of NNU admission on parental confidence.
  • Birth Trauma.
  • Perinatal Loss.
  • Perinatal Mental Health including anxiety, depression, OCD and puerperal psychosis.
  • Assessing Perinatal Risk.
  • Treatment of perinatal disorders.
  • Identification and assessment of tongue-tie in infants.
  • How tongue-tie can impact feeding.
  • Management of babies with tongue-tie and review of the evidence.
  • The experience of mothers and how to support them pre and post division.
  • Myths and controversies.
  • Strategies for helping mothers feed tongue-tied babies.
  • Formula feeding v breastfeeding premature babies.
  • Analysis of the risks, difficulties faced by mothers on NNU.
  • Breastfeeding multiple babies.
  • How to initiate a breastmilk supply with only a pump.
  • How infants feed and infant palate development.
  • Supporting mothers to overcome breastfeeding problems and the consultation process.
  • Supporting breastfeeding for exceptional cases: babies with cleft lip & effects of neurological complications on breastfeeding.
  • Overview of tube feeding.
  • Faltering growth.
  • Symptoms of physiological reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, the treatment available and when to see a specialist.
  • Exploration of the human microbiome, probiotics and prebiotics.
  • Analysis of Infant adaptations (leaky gut) and infant susceptibility to infection, allergy and inflammation.
  • Exploration of cows milk allergy and lactose intolerance.
  • Review of how symptoms are presented, as well as treatment and long-term outcomes.
  • Different types of maternity roles.
  • Travelling with families.
  • Business basics – pay, insurance, contracts, setting up as self-employed.
  • Gaining experience and attracting the right clients for you.


Be part of a supportive, informative community.

  • Flat Head Syndrome and the Osteopathic Approach to Sleep Problems.
  • Naps Masterclass. 
  • Sleep cycles and circadian rhythms.
  • Self-soothing; is it a myth?
  • Controlled crying.
  • Reflective Session 1.
  • Reflective Session 2.

You get lifetime access to our members-only private Facebook group, so you’re part of a supportive, like-minded community, where you can connect with peers and make new friends (even if you’re an introvert!)

Also, your tutors and experienced Maternity Nurses are regularly in the group, answering questions, providing practical guidance, and sharing their knowledge – perfect for boosting your confidence and learning from your own questions and those of your peers.

When you join Babyem, you will have instant access to ALL our previous masterclasses. This comprehensive vault of training includes topics such as caring for multiples, tongue-tie and infant feeding, and understanding birth trauma. Having this training at your fingertips will boost your confidence and enhance your expertise.

We take your ONGOING success very seriously and access to your support group continues long after your training is complete. We run monthly live workshops and Q&A sessions with industry experts who support our graduates across a range of business, mindset and practical childcare related topics. It could be anything from legally protecting your business to the science behind carrying babies.

These workshops are there to fast track your success and confidence when working with newborns and families. They also provide an opportunity to connect with other like-minded professionals.

We give you everything you need, and in the unlikely event of something not being included that you want to know more about…just ask and chances are we’ll be able to include it.


“At Nannies Incorporated we need our maternity nurses to be the best in the industry. We are continuously impressed by their level of maternity and nanny training.”

Nannies Incorporated

“We highly recommend Babyem as a maternity nurse course provider. Those with a background in childcare wishing to train as a maternity nurse should enrol.”

Maternally Yours

“We are really impressed not only with the content of the Babyem course and all that it covers, but also the teaching style and the flow of the day. “

Eden Private Staff

“Our Nanny candidates have consistently given us great feedback about Babyem, which cover a comprehensive range of skills and subjects.”

Greycoat Lumleys


At Babyem, holistic and evidence-based practice is at the heart of everything we teach. At level 5, our Advanced Postnatal Maternity Nurse Training is the highest level in the industry. We pride ourselves on bringing together a team of renowned industry specialists who are there to support you to reflect and take your learning to the next level. Our online Maternity Nurse Training consists of 7 core modules (+ 2 bonus webinars) and the course consists of:


  • In-depth online content, which includes videos, text and quizzes
  • Each lesson consists of a recorded (60 – 90 minute) webinar led by an industry specialist that builds on the module content.


You also have a 14-day money back guarantee if you do not feel the course is right for you. Which means there is no risk on your part!

This OCN level 5 Maternity Nurse Training course is specifically designed for those professionals who are already working with newborns in a maternity role and are looking to build on the training they have already received. For example, in our breastfeeding modules, we address complex breastfeeding.


If you are looking for very in-depth training on a particular topic, then our online shorter courses in areas such as gentle sleep coaching, colic, reflux and infant allergies, tongue-tie and infant feeding and perinatal mental health courses, are approximately 6 hours in length and go into more depth. These are particularly useful for those babycare and health professionals looking to specialise in those areas.

Modules vary in size but we estimate that each module takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete. You are also required to complete the written assessment consisting of essay-based questions in order to receive the level 5 OCN Postnatal Maternity Nurse Training accreditation.

This maternity nurse training is fully online, however, you do have access to recorded webinars which are at the end of each of the modules.

We are the ONLY newborn care training agency that provides extensive mentorship and continued professional development and provide monthly live masterclasses with renowned industry specialists.

In order to receive the OCN Level 5 accreditation in Advanced Postnatal Maternity Nurse Training, you will need to complete an essay-based assignment. The assignment is emailed to you at the beginning of the course, and you are then given 7 weeks to complete the assessment. Once completed you will need to send the assessment back to us, and your work will be marked and then assessed Open College Network. If there are any amends to be made, we will let you know by emailing you (or scheduling a call if required) and you are given extra time to make those amends. Once your work has been successfully verified, you will receive your OCN Level 5 accreditation through the Open College Network.

Our online Maternity Nurse Training consists of in-depth online content based on the latest evidence that promotes our students to take a holistic approach when working with families.  


The course is tailored to varied learning styles and includes videos, text, images, quizzes and recorded presentations.

We understand this course is an investment. Should you wish to proceed, we offer payment plans so you have the flexibility of paying over a period of time.

You are welcome to complete the course, attend the live workshops and not complete the assessment. If you choose to do this, on successful completion of all of the multiple-choice questions, you will be given a certificate of achievement (non-accredited).

Yes! You can contact us by email, Skype or feel free to call.

Once you successfully make the payment for the OCN Level 5 Maternity Nurse Training, you will receive a receipt.

Within 5 minutes, you will receive confirmation that you have successfully enrolled on the program. You will be sent a welcome email that includes your login details. Should you need additional assistance, please send us an email at info@babyem.co.uk and we can happily help you.

That may be the case and for good reason. When you train with us, you can be confident that you are learning from the leaders in the industry. We often train the people that set up courses to train others in our field.

We heavily invest in our students and when you consider the ongoing support we provide, with monthly continued professional development, our UK placement scheme, and mentorship scheme, you’ll see why our course is an excellent investment in your career. In the end, with everything that’s included, our courses work out to be less than those from other organizations!

Great news, we can’t wait to start working with you! All you need to do is click the link here which will take you to the booking page, where you can choose the right payment plan for you.

Yes! We want to make it easy for you to digest all the information!


Each module (topic) consists of a number of lessons, and most lessons have sub-lessons. After each of the lessons, you will be required to complete short multiple-choice questions. You are required to achieve 80% in each of the lessons to pass, however, you are able to retake those tests. Therefore, if you do not pass, you keep retaking until you do!

Learners need to have completed a course focused on the care of newborns and babies, e.g. the level 3 or 4 maternity nurse course, doula qualification, medical qualification etc… In some cases we accept candidates with significant professional experience supporting newborns who do not hold baby care accreditation. This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis; please contact us directly before booking.

Learners are required to have at least 2 + years newborn baby experience before attending the course, gained by either working in a private setting such as a family home or hospital. We welcome learners from a variety of baby care backgrounds. We often have candidate attend our course who are qualified Midwives, Maternity Nurses, Doula’s and Maternity Support Workers, Sleep Coaches, Lactation Consultants and Health Professionals.

We want to make sure you get the most out of the training course and have the best possible experience with us! If you have little baby care experience, and you are looking to gain more knowledge and practical experience supporting parents with newborns, then we offer a level 3 and 4 Postnatal Maternity Nurse Course in London and also online. Through these two courses, all UK candidates can join our newborn placement scheme, which helps to develop confidence and skills! It’s also important that learners have over 3 years newborn baby experience before attending this level 5 course, as during webinars and reflective sessions we will be supporting learners to reflect on their experience caring for babies.



Maureen Minchin is a world renowned medical historian whose 1970s experience of motherhood resulted in her second book, Food for Thought: a parent’s guide to food intolerance, recognized as ground breaking in its treatment of infant allergy. Her third book, Breastfeeding Matters, was declared a “milestone in the history of breastfeeding” by Prof JD Baum. For 35 years she has worked extensively in the area of infant nutrition, including for WHO, and UNICEF, and teaching health professionals in Australia and overseas. She was influential in the creation of IBLCE and BFHI, and a founding (and later Board) member of both ILCA and ALCA. Maureen has continued to work free of charge with families with both infant feeding and allergy problems. Her latest book, Milk Matters: Infant Feeding and Immune Disorder was published in 2015.


DR EMMA Svanberg Clinical Psychologist

Chartered clinical psychologist Dr Emma Svanberg (DClinPsy) is known as The Mumologist and works with parents and parents to be supporting them through their parenting journey. Working as part of a collective, Emma and her colleagues together offer whole-family support in person and through her online community The Village. Emma is a published author and her work has been featured in The Guardian, Marie Claire, BBC News and Mother & Baby. She brings over 10 years of academic and clinical experience to help you understand why this period should not be treated as ‘business as usual’, but is a time of immense pressure and stress for parents.



Sarah Oakley’s background is in community and practices nursing and health visiting. In 2009 she left the NHS to focus on breastfeeding and set up a private practice having qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In 2011 she trained at Southampton to perform frenulotomy and has done over 3000 procedures privately since. She regularly provides training for healthcare professionals and breastfeeding supporters in infant feeding and tongue tie and continues to run two breastfeeding support groups. She is a founder member and former Chair of The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners.



Dr Penelope Law, is the author of Expecting a Baby? (One Born Every Minute) is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Hillingdon Hospital, London, Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London, and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Portland Hospital
Dr Penelope Law’s research into both obesity in pregnancy and non-invasive procedures for the treatment of fibroids is recognised globally as the preferable alternative to surgery. She is a well-known speaker in these areas of expertise. She is also one of the founders of Night Doctor London, a leading out of hours GP service.

christina letz

Christina Lenz Paediatric Osteopath

Christina practises both traditional manipulative osteopathy and osteopathy in the cranial field. She has extensive experience working with adults and children. Besides being a practising osteopath, Christina also fulfils academic roles on the postgraduate programmes on paediatric osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London and the Osteopathie-Schule Deutschland in Hamburg. She is Co-author of the book “Pruefungswissen Osteopathie”.

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Lyndsey Hookway holistic sleep coach


Lyndsey is an experienced Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Holistic Sleep Coach. As an International speaker, Lyndsey regularly teaches health, lactation and childcare professionals. She is also the co-founder and clinical director of the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program, and the author of Holistic Sleep Coaching and Let’s talk about your new family’s sleep and has written a number of published articles.

dr louise


Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Clinical Director of Clinical Effectiveness & Outcomes at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. When Louise is not practising she is teaching as an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College, London. She has a special interest in pregnancy in women with underlying medical conditions. Louise aims to support women with their choices for labour and delivery and promotes normality wherever possible. She has an academic interest in Patient Safety working to create safe systems of care within maternity services.

emma dewey


Babyem specialises in offering accredited childcare and postnatal maternity nurse training courses in the UK, internationally and also online. The Babyem team consists of over 20 antenatal and postnatal specialists ranging from Lactation Consultants to Early Years Educators. In addition to running Babyem, Emma works with organisations internationally as far afield as Nigeria and China to support them to develop their training, policies and procedures.


With a background in Children Services, Emma has speaks frequently at conferences and has written a number of best practice guidance documents for Local Authorities and Associations, including creating the British Association of Au Pair Agencies (BAPAA) childcare handbook.

About our ocn level 5 maternity nurse training team

I would recommend it to all Maternity Nurses to update their skills and anyone currently working, or wishing to work, postnatally.

I did my Level 5 Maternity Nurse training with Babyem and thought it was absolutely brilliant. Evidence-based, compassionate and sympathetic to the developmental needs of new babies and led by top speakers. I’m really pleased I chose this company to do my Level 5 through and would recommend it to all Maternity Nurses to update their skills and anyone currently working, or wishing to work, postnatally.”


M KELLY | Maternity Nurse


  • Access to 7 core modules
  • 2 Bonus Modules
  • Course created by renowned industry specialists
  • Flexible & Accessible
  • Lifetime access to online course content
  • Access to the private Facebook group
  • Access to our entire vault of previous masterclasses
  • Downloads and practical guides


We offer a 14-day money-back guarantee.


We are that confident in the quality of our training and we know that we are providing you with the best training in the industry, supported by leading experts.


For more information, please refer to our return policy here.


However, we also want you to feel comfortable with your investment – so we offer a 14-day money-back guarantee. If you join and within 14 days and decide the program isn’t right for you, then you can request a full refund and we wish you well for the future. We are confident that you will love the course and we are very excited at the opportunity to support you and be part of your journey!


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