what is a Maternity Nurse?


A maternity nurse, also known as a baby nurse or newborn care specialist, is trained in infant and newborn care. They typically work either 24-hour or 12-hour shifts for the first 4-6 weeks of a child’s life. The maternity nurse’s main responsibility is care for the infant, and a high-quality maternity nurse will be able to care for the mother during the recuperation process as well.


Your maternity nurse can assist with the full spectrum of newborn care and may be certified in areas including but not limited to: breastfeeding, exploring alternate feeding methods, sleep training, bonding, lactation, psychological development, and more. More often than not, they are experts with concentrated populations such as twins and triplets, premature infants, newborns with special needs, families interested in surrogate pregnancy options, and any other newborns who might need extra attention. They range greatly in their education levels and skill sets. Some have worked in a hospital’s newborn care unit, as a midwife, as a doula, in an alternative birthing center, or as a baby nurse in a private home.


Maternity nurses are often hired to help teach the parents about infant-care and child development while guiding them on taking charge of the infant’s schedule, safety and well-being. They usually stay with one family 4-6 weeks but may extend up to 6 months or 1 year.

Maternity nurses can assist with the full spectrum of newborn care and may be certified in areas including but not limited to:

  • Breastfeeding

  • Alternate Feeding Methods

  • Sleep Training

  • Bonding

  • Lactation

  • Psychological Development

Finding Your Maternity Nurse with British American Household Staffing

British American Household Staffing provides experienced, qualified maternity nurses, baby nurses, newborn care specialists, and nannies. We are known for representing only the best domestic staff in childcare. Our maternity nurses work in the UK as well as in regions including Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, The UAE, and more.

Contact our office to speak with a recruiter about your needs and ideal schedule.