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Hi There
We're thinking of getting a maternity nurse fo the first week of babe's arrival, just to help teach us how to look after her!  :)

Any recommendations for individuals or agencies? We're in Teddington (outskirts of London, near Heathrow)

Thanks!

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Fluffy - I haven't got any personal recommendations, but just wanted to say - they're a bloody brilliant idea!!! The only reason I won't be having one this time or last time is purely cost purposes. They're quite pricey. I'm sure when I looked at it, we were quoted £800 - £1k a week. A wee bit over my budget. I used a freebie one of sorts - my Mum!!!

I think there are some companies that have websites you can hunt around on.

Let us know how you get on if you do hire one.
 

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What about a doula? Some specialise in postnatal/baby care as well/or birth.  Maybe a cheaper option....
 

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Thanks Annie and Jan  :)

Any ladies out there who went down this route?
 

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Hi there

We've been thinking about all of this too!  I'm keen on the doula option as a) its cheaper b) she'll help with everything at home - the baby, getting supper on, shopping, light cleaning and tidying up, change the sheets, walk the dog etc, send you to bed to sleep (I like the sound of that bit)! 

I found a couple of contacts on the doula uk website doula.org.uk  I met with one lady this week who I really liked.  She's in her late 50's and has been looking after babies and toddlers for most of her life.  She has all the first aid / breast feeding / post natal depression - how to spot it etc training courses and her references were lovely.  She was more expensive than I was expecting at £16 per hour, but flexible on how often she would work etc.  I'm due at the end of October and she is already booked for most mornings.  We're thinking about doing five afternoons for the first week and then go down to three.  The only thing I'm worried about is that I'm not great at having help at home - I always want to tidy up first, and feel quite uncomfortable / incredibly quility.  Does that sound silly?

Does anyone know how much maternity nurses are?  Do they take over a bit? 

How exciting that we're making these plans!  It's one of the most frustrating things about TTC - not being able to plan!!!


Love, Harris xxx

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just wanted to add a mother of twins in my baby group had a maternity nurse for 8 months....

have you thought about a live in nanny???
 

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On my first baby I did the maternity nurse and a doula  ^idiot^

I only had the maternity nurse for nights - but let her go after less than a week as I found I was letting her go to bed while I sat up feeding. Not a great way to spend £100 per night.

However, I found the doula fantastic. I didn't have her everyday, only because she was already booked up, but the days I did have her were so much better. She was a big Italian Mamma - and she mothered me and Rebecca. I don't have any family close by so I just don't think I could have managed without her.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Thanks all
Great to hear these stories. Think I've decided I want to get a mat nurse in for the 1st week to help teach me and dh how to get everything sorted and then will try solo with dh and mum... then may go back for more help

Still be great to hear from anyoe who did actually go for a mat nurse
Cheers
Fxx
 
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