WHAT WE OFFER
In a time of your life when thing are changing almost daily, we want to provide some consistency and stability for you to lean on.
Having worked with thousands of families, we know that everyone is different in their approach but the essentially the same in the sense that you want to do what’s best for your baby, you need to sleep, you need to learn a new language from a little person who doesn’t always communicate his/her needs clearly.
We aren’t trying to redesign the wheel but what we do want to ensure is that when you ask for help, you get it and it works to make your life better and the transition into parenthood smoother.
We have met far too many girls who have a list as long as my leg about what they aren’t prepared to help parents with, or what they expect parents to provide for them that having their ‘help’ is more draining than empowering.
This approach works for some parents but if instead you prefer a supportive, positive, empowering experience, then you are in the right place.
If you would love to catch up on some sleep, even just for a few nights a week, our girls have got the nights covered. We advise that you book your chosen girl before baby arrives so that you are able to have the same girl for the entire placement.
How many nights should I book?
You can book a night nanny for 1 to 7 nights a week for up to 3 months. You can book the same number of nights each week or you can choose to buy a few nights and use them up ad hoc as you go along, within a 3 month period. As long as we have 72 hours notice we can be flexible but we may not be able to place the same nanny if you decide on the ad hoc option.
Most mums like spread the benefit of having a night nanny and book:
5 – 7 nights a week for 2 weeks
3 – 5 nights a week for 2 weeks
2 – 3 nights a week for 8 weeks
Our night nannies are breastfeeding friendly and will help you to get a good night’s sleep without negatively affecting your milk supply. Depending on your breast size, you’ll be able to work out how to structure your night so that you get your rest and maintain your supply.
Many babies gulp in great big bursts of air when bottle-feeding at night and this can make settling them during the day, a lot harder. Our girls have been taught how to bottle-feed your baby in a way that allows your baby to determine how quickly or slowly to drink.
Our girls know that if you don’t wind a baby correctly, trapped bubbles can cause havoc for hours after the feed, so they use two winding methods to ensure that your baby is well winded at the end of the feed. Both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding babies need to bring up trapped wind and our girls have been taught our secret tips.
In our view, a maternity nurse’s role is to ensure that you are looked after, nourished, supported and guided whilst learning to read your baby’s cues, cries and signals. We want to keep you and baby together so that you get to know each other and quickly learn all you need to know to enjoy being a mum.
We advise that you book early to secure a placement as there is a high demand for our girls.
How many weeks should I book?
You can book as many weeks as you like within a 3 month period. Most mums like to break it up a little so that they have a chance to apply what they have learnt before getting the girl back for another placement. Other mums extend their placement as they go, however as our girls get booked up so far in advance, you may find that your girl is booked for another job.
Should I only book a maternity nurse if I’m bottle-feeding?
We fully support your individual right to choose how to feed your baby and will help you to achieve your goals.
Many mums want to give breastfeeding their best chance which is why we have created a team of girls who are dedicated to helping you and baby learn how to get breastfeeding right. Only the girls on our team have access to my training program, which is why they are in such high demand.
Many mums find that breastfeeding doesn’t work for them and they prefer to combine breast and bottle-feeds or move onto bottles completely. Our girls know that being organised makes the day work much better and will help you set up systems that enable you to quickly find your feet and enjoy being a mum.
Here are three options to consider starting with the most popular:
Birth to bottle-feeds option (3 week 24/6 placement)
- Your nanny helps you home from hospital and gets you settled in for your first night home. She then spends the first week settling you, baby and your partner into life with a new baby.
- In the second week, your partner goes back to work whilst your nanny helps you to get more settled and relaxed in your new role as mum, whilst resting and being nurtured.
- In the third week once your supply has settled, you can introduce expressing into your day, so that your partner can do a bottle-feed at 10 pm and enable you to get to bed early. Your partner takes this week off to enjoy time together whilst still benefitting from guidance and having the *night feeds being taken care of.
*If you are breastfeeding, you will need to express in lieu of missed feeds to maintain your supply, but we will be on hand to guide you.
Baby Inn (2 – 6 week placement, 5 days a week, start date optional)
At some point you may just want to settle in with baby, get things working a little better, recuperate, catch up on some sleep and generally find your wings.
- Your nanny will help you to outline your needs/goals and put together a tailored sustainable plan to try out, whilst giving you the benefit of her experience and training.
Pick and mix option (Full week/s placement & ad hoc nights)
We believe that it is important to slow wean yourself our fantastic girls so you may choose to book a couple of weeks full time and then move onto 2 – 3 nights a week. This allows you to catch your breath and find your wings and then top up your learning and bank some sleep 2/3 times a week thereafter.
If you plan to breastfeed, you couldn’t be in a better place. At Miskin Maternity, you will get the practical help and tried & tested support from our team that has enabled thousands of women to feed comfortably.
The girls are all trained by myself, Geraldine, so you can be sure that the information you are given will ever only be once removed from me.
If you’d like a breastfeeding consultation, you will be given Current Client Status which ensures that your needs are prioritised. This helps as my diary typically tracks 2 weeks in advance.
What if I only have a quick couple of questions?
That’s no problem, my 30 minute power phone or Skype consultation is the most popular, so just book one of those and we’ll get you back on track.
Do you only help with positioning and attachment?
Not at all. As I approach breastfeeding from a scientific/art stance, I can help you resolve any breastfeeding related challenge like:
- sore nipples, cracks,
- low supply, over supply, fast let-downs
- colic/unsettled baby, reflux, explosive baby poos,
- breast pain, blockages and much more.
If I’ve seen a problem once, I’ve probably seen 100 different versions of it, so get in touch.
To book a consultation, click here to be taken to the Geraldine Miskin . com website.
We all need sleep, babies rely on sleep to process their day and grow and you need sleep to process your day and recharge for the next. Regardless of whether you are breast or bottle-feeding, we believe that sleep is important and so much better when you manage to get sleep from the start.
All babies are different and follow their own pattern when it comes to sleeping patterns and routines. When you are tired, you may want to rejig baby’s sleep times a smidge so that they are more in line with yours.
We can help you with that by first ensuring that your baby is getting enough milk, is being winded properly and is able to go for longer stretches between feeds without any negative impact on you or baby.
Get in touch with me, Lizzie to chat through your options and goals so that both you and baby are well rested and happy.
Your baby’s primary source of nutrition is derived primarily from milk feeds for the first 12 months, so there really shouldn’t be any pressure to get your baby onto solids by a set date. We find that some babies are happy with their milk feeds and uninterested in solids whilst others would happily help themselves to some of your lunch given the chance.
We believe that it is important to introduce your baby to solids at a pace that works for both of you, without reducing baby’s milk intake as this often leads to more wakeful nights. (EEEEK!!)
Moving your little one from milk feeds onto solids shouldn’t be stressful or complicated but we know that knowing how to make the transition can leave you feeling a little out at sea as there is so much information and so many different approaches.
We have a very gentle a practical approach which gives you the confidence to try things out and your baby an opportunity to do it at his own pace.
Our goal is to give you information to help you decide which route would work best for you and baby, how to know that it is right and how to change it if it isn’t working.
Weaning workshops are held on a one to one basis, in your home, so that you feel confident about putting everything into practice.
Get in touch with Lizzie to book your weaning workshop on 07478 754 833 or email her at: [email protected]
Weekly Live Chats
As babies are constantly growing, developing and changing, we know that questions continue to pop up along the way. We would love to meet up with all our clients but this is pretty impossible so instead we get together once a week on Face Book to answer all your baby care, sleep, routine and breastfeeding questions.
All you need to do is Like the Miskin Maternity Face Book page and you’ll get updates to our mum & baby events.