MNT Training are regarded by many as the leading provider of accredited training for maternity nurses in the UK. We take maternity nursing seriously as a career option for both experienced nannies and those with suitable medical backgrounds such as midwives.
A maternity nurse (sometimes referred to as a maternity nanny), usually works 5 or 6 days a week on call for 24 hours a day in the parents' home on arrival of the new baby. Although increasingly other types of work are available such as nights or days only.
They are equally responsible for both the newborn baby and post natal mother. They are not working in any medical capacity but are suitably experienced/qualified to aid and advise new parents with their newborn. A maternity nurse is likely to be involved in feeding, bathing, changing and settling baby to sleep and also in supporting mum in a general capacity, but who also may be breastfeeding, have had a caesarean or who unfortunately may be ill following delivery including mums with post natal depression.
Equally important is spending time with both parents reassuring, listening, encouraging and gently guiding parents where required, so that when a maternity murse leaves, parents are coping confidently with their new baby.
Most maternity nurses are also expected to help parents set up routines with their newborn and most importantly to pass on their skills and knowledge to new parents or possibly integrating the new baby into a family where there are already children.
As one maternity nurse describes her work – ‘every job is different and within every job I am required to do and be many things – a counsellor, extra pair of hands, diplomat, chauffeur, breast feeding supporter, and many more – if you love people, babies and lots of variety – you will love being a maternity nurse’..
"MNT's flexible approach made it possible to study whilst still working and maintaining a busy family life"