Maternity Nurse

Maternity Nurses Overview and Options

A maternity nurse undertakes all aspects of care for newborns and babies and helps to support new mothers and their immediate family to nurture and adjust to the newest addition in their family. They advise on breast feeding, bottle feeding, bathing and sleeping and will help to establish a routine that works well for each individual family or if preferred follow the routine that the family already has in mind or in place.

Maternity nurses can often provide a wealth of knowledge and invaluable assistance regarding many newborn issues including colic, reflux and tongue tie. Their primary aim is always to help families back onto their feet and restore harmony within the home with minimal fuss and distruption.

Good maternity nurses get booked up well in advance with families often re-booking a previous maternity nurse as soon as they reach their second trimester, if not before! Therefore we would always recommend booking a maternity nurse in good time.

Qualifications, safety and security measures

Most maternity nurses begin their childcare career as a nanny. Some may not have any formal maternity nurse qualifications however they may have undertaken other childcare qualifications and they will usually have many years childcare experience including ample experience caring for newborns and young babies.

Many maternity nurses from a nanny background do however choose to undertake maternity nurse courses and qualifications such as the MNT (maternity practitioner award) or NEST certificates. Other maternity nurses come from a nurse, midwife or health visitor background and have nursing or midwifery qualifications.

At First Class Nannies and Helpers our vetting policy is to personally interview, reference check and ensure an enhanced DBS police check is carried out on all our maternity nurses and night nannies. However, we strongly recommend that families check references and speak to previous employers.

Ages Covered

Newborn and young babies, however some maternity nurses will also provide trouble shooting services for families experiencing difficulties with older babies.

Tax and National Insurance

Maternity nurses are self-employed. They charge a gross hourly rate and settle their own tax and national insurance contributions.


Maternity nurses set their own hourly rates and usually charge higher rates for multiples. Please contact First Class Nannies and Helpers on 01347 822208 or email for advice regarding the differing rates.

  • A night maternity nurse / night nanny – May ‘live in’ (lives in your home), but usually ‘live out’ (travels to your home each day). Will normally work up to six nights per week at hours agreed between you and be off duty during the day. They specialise in getting particularly wakeful babies to sleep through the night.
  • A daily maternity nurse – They generally live out and usually work between 8 and 12 hours per day up to six days per week.
  • A 24 hour maternity nurse – Usually a very experienced maternity nurse with expertise in caring for newborn babies. They usually live in and are on call 24 hours a day (with a 4 hour rest period) and will take care of night feeding.
  • An emergency / last minute maternity nurse – Maternity nurses are usually booked well in advance however many will often leave gaps in their diary between bookings and are sometimes able to undertake emergency or last minute posts