It is always best to book a maternity nurse as soon as you possibly can. Experienced maternity nurses can be booked many months in advance. You can contact us via our parents online contact form or email us at email@example.com.
Alternatively phone or WhatsApp for a chat or request a call back for a time that is convenient for yourself. If your baby is already born or you decide later in your pregnancy that you want to book a maternity nurse, please get in touch as soon as possible. We have many experienced maternity nurses and we will endeaver to find you suitable candidates. Please note there is no registration fee. Agency fees are only payable once you have booked a maternity nurse. Please see our guide to agency fees.
Booking Dates for A Maternity Nurse Firstly we will need to know your expected due date(EDD) so that you can decide which start date is best for yourself. Some parents will want a maternity nurse as soon as the baby is born/arrive home from the hospital. Other new mums may prefer to wait one or two weeks as they may already have postnatal support from their partners and family members in the early days. In the event that your baby arrives early you can contact your maternity nurse to check if she is available to start the contract early. Most maternity nurses allow time inbetween contracts, if they have availability they are generally flexible and will be able to join you and your baby. When interviewing potential maternity nurses please ask them about any future bookings and the feasibility of starting the contract early if needed. In the event that your baby does arrive earlier then expected and your chosen maternity nurse is unavailable then please get in touch. We will endeaver to find you an emergency temporary maternity nurse to help until your chosen maternity nurse is able to start. Mums, especially first time mums may not give birth for up to two weeks after the EDD. Please note that all maternity nurses usually charge 50% of their hourly/ daily/ weekly fees as a retainer for the waiting time. Please discuss the retainer agreement with potential maternity nurses at the interview. Once your baby's EDD is confirmed, you then need to decide what start date is best for yourself. We can discuss all the options and benefits. But to give you an idea most mums do NOT book before the EDD. We advice to book a maternity nurse on or up to 7 days after your EDD. Once the start date is finalised you then need to decide how long you will need a maternity nurse for. Contracts can range from one week up to 6 months, the average contract for most new parents is 2 to 4 months. But this is a personal choice based on your individual circumstances. Again we can have a chat and advice you of all the options.
Type of Maternity Nurse Cover Once the booking dates are finalised, parents need to decide on the type of cover they are looking for. Firstly 24hr live in maternity nurses can work a maximum of 6/24 hr per week. Please note that all maternity nurses working 24 hr shifts are entitled to a break each day, usually 3 hours. Please ask potential maternity nurses at the interview regarding their days off, breaks, hours and times etc. Secondly maternity nurses can work up to 12 hrs on either day or night shifts. Some new parents may choose to have help during the night only. Alternately some parents may choose a maternity nurse during the day, or maybe they are unable to accommodate a maternity nurse overnight. Again we can discuss your options, advantages and disadvantages of both.
We will then need some details about your family and style of parenting so that we can match you with potential suitable maternity nurses. We may ask questions such as ages of other siblings or types of animals living in the family home. If you need a driver or someone with specific skills. We will ask about your philosophy on parenting. Are you looking for a routine Gina Ford style or baby led care. Once we have all your requirements, we will endeavour to send you a minimum of three CV's depending on suitable candidates availabity. All of the candidates will be made aware that their details have been passed on, so you can contact them anytime to arrange an interview, they will be expecting you. We would advice that you speak to all of the candidates and have a list of questions for the potential maternity nurses. We can advice you on interview questions if needed. Some of the maternity nurses may be working 24 hrs so they will need notice to arrange an interview. The candidates that we send to you will all have availability now. But just to make you aware that they do advertise with other agencies and will be actively looking for work until they have signed a contract with yourself. So if you do see a potential candidate that you like it would be better to contact her as soon as possible.
Completing the Booking Process Once you have interviewed all of the applicants you can then contact the successful candidate and she will arrange a contract to be signed by both parties, along with a deposit to secure the booking. Please note all maternity nurses require a deposit, typically one weeks wage. This deposit can then be used for the last weeks fees. Please ask the maternity nurse at the interview about her deposit protocol. Please note the booking is not finalised until the contract between yourself and the maternity nurse has been signed and the deposit paid. At the same time if you could please let the agency know that you have found your ideal maternity nurse. We can then inform the unsuccessful candidates and at the same time prepare our contract and invoice for our referral fees. Please note that all agency fees must be paid within 7 days of the invoice or before the start of the contract whichever is the earliest. Please refer to our agency referal contract for full details. If you need any further assistance during the hiring process please contact us and we will be happy to help.
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