The Best Start For You And Your Family
We know from experience and from our clients’ feedback that Maternity Nurses are an investment in effective long term sleep habits, not only for baby but for the whole family. By getting it right from the start you can avoid being one of those sleep-deprived parents our Founder constantly met on the school runs. We stand by this belief and specialise in placing Maternity Nurses who focus on establishing that all important routine in the first few weeks, as opposed to the odd 24 hours here and there, in order to avoid those sleepless nights that can disrupt the health and happiness of your family.
Sourcing a Maternity Nurse through Maternally Yours offers you peace of mind that recruiting through private adverts or personal recommendations cannot possibly offer. We take many calls from new clients who come to us as their privately booked Maternity Nurse has let them down at the last minute or, on starting her booking, her incompatibility became clear. Such an experience is not only distressing but completely avoidable. As experts, and knowing our Maternity Nurses as we do, Maternally Yours will know exactly who will meet the family’s expectations for a successful booking at this special time and once a booking is made you can feel rest assured that your Maternity Nurse is fully committed.
Since our inception in 1996, our ethos has always been to select only and work with only the best Maternity Nurses in the industry. Given our reputation and track record of successful placements, we are highly regarded as the leading Maternity Nurse agency. We have worked with most of our Maternity Nurses for many years, some of whom as far back as the ’90s and ’00s. This means we know exactly how they work, their approach and style and, through our on-going assessment process, whether they are the right fit for your family.
Our Register of Maternity Nurses is filled only with outstanding and reliable professionals with proven track records and who have passed our stringent criteria and background checks.
Our Maternally Yours Consultants personally interview all applicants at the London office.
We only accept 1 in 5 applicants.
We establish early on the Maternity Nurses’ preferred working schedule and style of care, be it à la Gina Ford’s more structured approach, or Tracy Hogg’s baby-led style in order to find the perfect match for you.
Applicants who meet our criteria at interview are subject to on-going reference and suitability checks and are required to provide an up-to-date DBS Enhanced Certificate (Disclosure Barring Service) as well as notifying us of any changes to their health.
Those who successfully pass our stringent criteria and background checks are placed on The Maternally Yours Register.
All Maternity Nurses on the Maternally Yours Register have between 5-35 years’ newborn baby experience. To put this into perspective, this means your Maternity Nurse will have taken between 8-12 bookings per annum, and she will bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to your booking.
Alternatively, we can provide a selection of Junior Maternity Nurses who will have had 1-2 years’ experience and at least 5-10 years working in childcare. These Maternity Nurses charge a slightly lower fee, but are matched only with second or third-time parents who are looking for support and an ‘extra pair of hands’. They are not available for first-time parents.
To remain on the Maternally Yours Register, Maternity Nurses must continue to meet our strict criteria and are monitored to ensure their continued success.
- Listed below are childcare qualifications that are recognised and appropriate to the profession:
- CACHE Level 3 (Council for Awards in Healthcare and Education) which replaced the 2-year NNEB Diploma (NationalNursey Education Board)
- BTEC Nursery Nursing (Business and Technology Education Council)
- City and Guilds – Early Years Practitioner course and childcare course
- BabyEm – Maternity Nurse Training Levels 3 to 5
- HATA Academy – Home Affairs Training Academy
- Midwifery and Nursing Degrees/Diplomas
- National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Childcare and education
- NCFE – Northern Advisory Council for Further Education
- NEST – Newborn Education Services and Training – Levels 3 and 4 Postnatal Carer Certificate (PNC)
- MNT – Maternity Nurse Training Certificate
- NAMCW – National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare
NEST, BabyEm and MNT are all excellent courses to obtain entry into the Maternity Nurse profession and can even be helpful for the more established maternity nurses and nannies to keep up-to-date. We also recommend attending breastfeeding, colic/reflux and other relevant workshops, as well as renewing First Aid Certificates every 3 years.
The BabyEm Level 5 Diploma is offered solely to those already practising as experienced Maternity Nurses.
At Maternally Yours, we require proof of and will only accept original certificates and qualifications.
Maternity Nurses Without Formal Qualifications
In exceptional circumstances, we do accept maternity nurses who whilst they may not have a formal qualification, have proven themselves over many years and built up an outstanding track record. All references will have been scrupulously verified before being accepted to join The Register.
Such Maternity Nurses are still required to meet our stringent criteria and are subject to on-going reference and suitability checks. Once again this includes an up-to-date Enhanced DBS Certificate (Disclosure Barring Service) and notifying us of any changes to their health.
“Expecting my first baby, or babies (twins), I felt like I was entering a whole new world in terms of Nannies and Maternity Nurses (not to mention everything else that goes with babies!). Maternally Yours put my mind at ease the moment we spoke, she didn't make me feel at all silly for my endless list of concerns and was thorough in finding out exactly the type of Maternity Nurse I would need. Within a day or 2, I had a list of potential candidates, each with an extensive library of references and it was immediately clear that Maternally Yours had summed up both me and my requirements perfectly. I spoke with my first choice of Maternity Nurse the next day and all was agreed and wrapped up within a few days of my first call. I would without a doubt highly recommend Maternally Yours. They are friendly, diligent and certainly made me feel as if I was their most important client.”
“We naturally used Maternally Yours services for the second time. Just like the first time our request was handled very quickly and the candidates sent to us were a perfect match, sadly we only needed one Maternity Nurse! The follow up done by the agency is seamless and continuous from the beginning until the end which is very reassuring. I couldn’t recommend Maternally Yours more and will definitely contact them again should our family expand a bit more.”
Mrs. Marion Petard
“After unexpectedly finding myself without a Maternity Nurse quite close to my due date, Maternally Yours came swiftly to my rescue and turned what would have been a very stressful situation into a smooth and reassuring process... Even with a specific set of search criteria and parameters, we were matched with a number of excellent options and are very much looking forward to [our Maternity Nurse] join us later this month. I would wholeheartedly recommend Maternally Yours to my friends and relatives looking to find a Maternity Nurse.”
“Maternally Yours has always been so helpful and understanding of our needs, from the moment I first called them from the hospital back in 2013 after my first son was born up until recently with our second. They can always find you a good Maternity Nurse, even at short notice, and make you feel like they really understand your needs as a mother and take into account what you are going through at any given time, for example, both our babies had severe reflux and allergies. We have always been highly impressed and satisfied with the service we have received, and they even found us, someone, to help us out over Christmas when our son was very poorly. Amazing service and highly efficient. So grateful to them for all their help over the past 4 years!"
“Maternally Yours are an extremely professional and trustworthy agency, they are caring and incredibly efficient. They understood our needs and provided us with a really exceptional Maternity Nurse - in another league from others. The team at Maternally Yours were just wonderful - we really highly recommend them!”
“My husband and I reached out to Maternally Yours hoping for assistance with our 3-week old son particularly with getting him on a schedule and his reflux. They immediately found us very well qualified candidates that would suit our needs perfectly. We had an extensive choice and the nurse we chose started immediately and my husband and I had some time together, much-needed rest, and our son adores her, while immediately making an impact on his reflux and night schedule. We trust her implicitly and highly recommend the agency.”
“The service was very professional, efficient and prompt and we were given an excellent choice of individuals, all of whom were of a very high standard and had an excellent track record. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other parents – particularly those who are new to parenting and would benefit with some early expert advice!“
“They made sure to send me only the best quality candidates, saving me a huge amount of time and vetting work, and modified the candidate profile as I revised my requirements during the process... They provided background and references for each candidate in very digestible packets and made a process that could otherwise have been extremely time-consuming and stressful very straightforward. I felt confident I would find a great person through them and I did.”
“Maternally yours was the only agency we used when searching for a Maternity Nurse. They were recommended to us by friends and after a brief discussion, they sent us a short-list of highly qualified candidates. We immediately found an exceptionally talented Maternity Nurse and were extremely happy with our choice. We are grateful to Maternally Yours for introducing [our Maternity Nurse] into our lives and for helping us to find the perfect match for our needs in such an efficient and painless manner.”
Mrs Michal Saad
“We hired a Maternity Nurse through Maternally Yours and we hired a nanny through Imperial Nannies. Both were exceptional experiences. All of the applicants were well qualified and personable. Our only problem was that it was hard to choose who to hire with so many wonderful applicants! Our Maternity Nurse was loving, kind and provided exceptional care to my daughter (and me) after her birth. And our nanny has continued to provide care, love and education to our daughter who is almost one year old now. I highly recommend using Maternally Yours and Imperial Nannies to help you find an exceptional Maternity Nurse or nanny.”