What are the differences between the services of a nanny, baby nurse, babysitter and a postpartum doula?
Nanny: Usually hired to stay or live with a family for a long-term period of time to take care of babies or small children. Occasionally, a nanny will also help with household duties. Nannies work daytime and overnight shifts and stay with a family for 6 months up to a few years. Parents that have to go back to work full-time often use the services of a nanny.
Baby Nurse: In some parts of the country, a baby nurse must be a registered/certified nurse and in other parts of the country, this is not a requirement. Either way, a baby nurse is a trained and experienced newborn care specialist who is hired specifically to help with care of newborn babies and infants for a limited amount of time. A baby nurse that is an RN has medical training and expertise.
Babysitter: A babysitter is hired for a temporary or short amount of time to take care of babies or children while parents are unavailable.
Postpartum Doula: A postpartum doula is trained and experienced in caring for the whole family after the arrival of a new baby. Her primary role is to support the new parents in whatever capacity they need. She is there to make their lives easier. Her duties can include: emotional support and encouragement, providing newborn expertise, newborn care, overnight newborn care, babysitting, household management, light housekeeping, sibling care, breastfeeding support and running errands. She adjusts to the needs of the family and her focus is on the well-being of the parents.
At Buddha Belly Birth Services, we are happy to offer the services of our fantastic postpartum doulas who are highly trained with years of experience in caring for new families. Each of our postpartum doulas are CPR certified and are certified lactation counsellors.