What is a newborn care specialist?
A Newborn Care Specialist is an individual trained and skilled in newborn care. She provides unique expertise in all aspects of newborn care, parental education and support. Her job is to help nurture and care for newborns while providing guidance and education for the parents.
What services does a Newborn Care Specialist provide?
The primary role of a Newborn Care Specialist is to provide assistance and education after the parents bring the baby home from the hospital. Many times this help will include scheduling, feeding, sleep training, help with breast feeding and more.
A Newborn Care Specialist will strive to create a nurturing and stimulating environment for the baby during waking hours. Both day and night Newborn Care Specialists document the baby’s patterns and keep a log of sleeping, feeding and changing times to assist in transitioning the baby to a regular schedule.
Newborn Care Specialists are generally not responsible for household duties unrelated to the new baby or for the care of other children in the household.
A Newborn Care Specialist will typically perform the following duties:
• Educate and support parents.
• Create a smooth transition for family during the newborn stage.
• Troubleshoot potential issues of concern with the newborn and offer professional options to resolve them.
• Assist mother with any feeding issues she may have, including the facilitation of breastfeeding and be knowledgeable in answering breastfeeding related questions.
• Soothes babies using skilled and proven techniques that help calm newborns.
What are some advanced duties of a Newborn Care Specialist?
• To provide assistance with Sleep Training beyond 3 months and assist parents with helping infants and toddlers sleep through the night.
• Knowledgeable in Reflux/Colic and available to provide helpful solutions caring for babies with GER/GERD.
• Experienced in working with multiples and effectively teaching parents how to care for more than one baby at a time. Their knowledge includes how to effectively set up the nursery and a routine to accommodate twins, triplets and quadruplets.
• Doing consultations regarding any newborn issues that may arise.
• Knowledgeable in working with premature babies and understanding how to care and address their special and unique needs.