Credentials, Credentials – Becoming a Newborn Care Specialist

It’s no surprise that the need for childcare has created a multi-billion dollar industry. Jobs for Newborn Care Specialists are always coming available, and if you have that “magic touch” with babies, it’s a wonderful career to pursue.

A Newborn Care Specialist is exactly what it sounds like: a person who can professionally address a range of sometimes quite complex newborn needs as well as basic needs from bathing to feeding to diapering, you name it. If it has to do with infants, a newborn care specialist is the person to hire, especially during the early days and weeks when a family is getting adjusted to having a new baby and getting up in the middle of the night to feed the baby. Top-notch help from a Newborn Care Specialist during that time is always appreciated by an exhausted family!

Education

A Newborn Care Specialist has a valued skill set developed through the important combination of experience and education. Complementing your natural way with infants, a Newborn Care Specialist needs to be trained and hold a certification. These days, parents expect a nanny to be certified, which means they have passed a training program offering information on the unique care of an infant. This qualifies them to use the title of Newborn Care Specialist.

It’s important to know: Who you get your certification from matters, as well as who you affiliate with when you are working. The nanny industry is enormous, and not every agency has the same goal as Boston Baby Nurse. We only hire experienced care providers who show excellent aptitude for the care of an infant. The BBN online training program is designed to provide nannies with the latest AAP guidelines and recommendations. After completing the online program nannies can be reassured that they are up to date and on the same page as parents and pediatricians.

Keep in mind this important fact, too: Not every training program is equal to the task of teaching about infant care. The nanny industry is unregulated and some may be cutting corners and offering advice without having a medical background, so who you align with and learn from is crucial. Here’s a key factor to consider when choosing which agency you’d like to be certified from – learn from a program that qualifies to teach about newborn care practices.

What are the jobs of a Newborn Care Specialist?

A Newborn Care Specialist will be knowledgeable in but not limited to: caring for single babies, multiples, preterm babies, breastfeeding and formula, setting a schedule, sleep coaching, interpreting baby’s needs, types of diaper rashes and how to treat them, cord care, circumcision care, colic, reflux, swaddling, soothing techniques, assisting the mother with feeding issues or reflux/colic, ailments, newborn safety and complete baby basics. They will educate and support new parents using AAP care guidelines.

If you are interested in becoming a Newborn Care Specialist, contact Boston Baby Nurse to learn more about the program. It’s one of the most satisfying careers you could choose and your hard work will be appreciated! Read over the parent testimonials on our website, praising their Boston Baby Nurse Newborn Care Specialists. It’s a great way to see just how special your work will. Not every job has that ability!

Good luck! You can do it!

About Carole Kramer Arsenault

Carole is the president and founder of Boston Baby Nurse™ providing overnight and daytime newborn care and a wide range of postpartum support services. Her latest book 'The Baby Nurse Bible Secrets Only a Baby Nurse Can Tell You about Having and Caring for Your Baby' is packed with expert advice and information new parents need for pregnancy right through baby’s first three months.For over a decade Carole has guided parents through pregnancy, labor, birth and the newborn period at Boston’s top birthing hospitals including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, St Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. As a parent educator, labor and delivery nurse, and lactation consultant she has shared her expertise on sleep, schedules, soothing, calming and infant development with hundreds of parents as they transition into their new roles. Carole continues to support and educate families through Boston Baby Nurse, her new company Boston Baby Concierge, and through professional speaking on topics such as creating a safe “green” home for your baby and essential newborn secrets from a baby nurse.Carole Arsenault provides weekly pregnancy and baby advice on her blog, contributes monthly maternal and newborn health advice to BOSTONMamas.com, is a contributor for The Bump.com, and has been featured as an expert on Fox News Boston.Carole resides in the Boston area with her husband and three school-aged children.

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