The Booking Process
Booking A Maternity Nurse
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.
If your baby is already born or you decide later in your pregnancy that you would like to book a maternity nurse, please get in touch as soon as possible. We have many experienced maternity nurses and we can help you to find a suitable maternity nurse for your specific requirements. Please note there is no registration fee. Our agency introductory fees are only payable once you have booked and secured a maternity nurse. Please see our guide to agency fees.
Information that we need to know
Your expected due date (EDD) so that we can discuss which start date is best for yourself. Some parents will want a maternity nurse as soon as the baby is born or arrives home from the hospital. Other new parents 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. Or if your baby is already born, we will ask the age of your baby/babies?
Is it for a single baby, twins or multiple?
Any medical conditions or concerns for example is your baby suffering from colic or reflux?
Is this is your first baby, if not the what are the ages of the siblings?
Your preferred schedule, are you are looking for a live in 24 hour maternity nurse, a daily maternity nurse or night nanny? We can supply 24 hour live in maternity nurses who can work a maximum of 6 shifts per week. Please note that all maternity nurses working 24 hour shifts are entitled to a break each day, usually 3 or 4 hours. Please discuss with your potential maternity nurses at the interview regarding their days off and break times. Maternity nurses can also work up to 12 hours per day or over night. Some new parents may choose to have help during the night only. Other 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.
Preferred parenting style. Are you looking for a maternity nurse who can implement a good routine or a maternity nurse who is happy to follow a baby led parenting style. Or someone who specialises in trouble shooting, breastfeeding or sleep training.
The booking start and finishing date and how many days per week?
If you have any travel plans arranged during the maternity nurse booking?
If you have any pets as some of our maternity nurses may have allergies?
If you have other staff members living and working in the family home?
If parking is available or if you live near to a train station, tube or public transport?
Accommodation for the maternity nurse. You will need to supply a bedroom for the maternity nurse to share with the baby if you are booking a live in 24 hours or night maternity nurse.
Any other information that you feel is relevant in order to find your perfectly matched maternity nurse.
The Search Process
Once we have received all your details and requirements, we can start matching your profile with suitable maternity nurses. We have an extensive range of maternity nurses who are registered with us. All of our maternity nurses have an enhanced DBS, an up to date paediatric first aid certificate and their references verified. We will look for the best matched profiles that fit your requirements. Once we have found suitable maternity nurses, we will email you their profiles. We aim to send you at least 3 maternity nurse profiles for you to choose from. Usually you will receive the profiles, along with the maternity nurse's rates within 24 hours.
Once you have received the maternity nurse profiles
When you receive the profiles have a good look at the maternity nurse's qualifications and experience. It is always best to reach out to the maternity nurses as soon as possible. The maternity nurses are self employed and will continue to look for work until they have a booking confirmed. The maternity nurses will advise us on their availability and rates during the search process, therefore we can not guarantee availability, if you do not make contact soon.
We advice that you email, text or call to arrange a suitable time to have a chat. It is always best to speak to more then one maternity nurse and having your partner present at the interview will be helpful.
In the event that your baby does arrive earlier then expected and your chosen maternity nurse is unavailable to start early then please get in touch. We will endeavour to find you an emergency 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 maternity nurses usually charge 50% of their hourly/ daily/ weekly fees as a retainer for the waiting time. We advice that you discuss the retainer agreement with potential maternity nurses at the interview. Once your baby's EDD is confirmed, you can then 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 6 and 12 weeks. But this is a personal choice based on your individual circumstances. We can have a chat and advice you on the best options.
Some of our maternity nurses may already be working 24 hours, so they may need notice to arrange an interview date and time. We have tips on interviewing a potential maternity nurse. Please take a look here.
Once the interviews are complete
Have a discussion with you partner and recap on the maternity nurses profiles, you may find it helpful to write everything down. Have a good think and decide which maternity nurse you feel is the best fit for your family. Again bear in mind that the maternity nurse may have other interviews and availability can't be guaranteed.
Completing the Booking Process
Once you have decided which maternity nurse you would like to book, let us know as soon as possible and we will confirm their availability. Once the availability has been confirmed, the maternity nurse will arrange a contract to be signed by both parties, along with a deposit to secure the booking. Please note that 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 we will forward our service agreement form for you to sign and return and also our invoice for our agency introductory fees. Please see our agency introductory fees here.
Alternatively phone for a chat or request a call back for a time that is convenient for yourself.