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The biggest number of babies I cared for were singletons. Somewhere around 300+. And around 20 pairs of twins. Twins are born a bit smaller and a bit earlier than single babies. The youngest I worked with were born at 29 weeks and released from the hospital at 33 weeks. 


No matter whether they are twins or single babies when they are premature or born with a low weight I had to pay extra attention to focus on their uniqueness. One was having trouble breathing so oxygen levels had to be monitored. Other needed reflux medication and was grunting very loudly when he was in unpleasant positions. Some babies were sent home with care notes from hospitals like how to prop them up or position them at certain angles. One baby was fitted with a Pavlik harness and another had seizures many times throughout the night. The only way the baby relaxed to rest was in a wrap worn and bounced gently on a fit-ball or walked most of the night.


As postnatal carers, we work with newborns that are still very much developing. We need to know the basics and also how to address the most common issues. 


I always had a can-do attitude. I love learning new things, I love new challenges and I see every opportunity as a future asset.


I had few families asking me to come back and support them with their other babies. It always feels so good when it happens. I am still in touch with some previous clients. Few of them even met my daughter when she was small.


Over the years my knowledge grew as much as my confidence.

I provide general newborn care.

- bringing baby to mother for breastfeeding
- bottle feeding
- diaper changing
- sterilizing pumping equipment and bottles
- washing and organizing baby clothes
- taking baby for walks
- settling baby for sleep
- winding baby
- implementing daily routines
- encouraging development through age-appropriate activities
- keeping daily / night journal
- accompany baby to doctor appointments
- administering medications
- implementing the feed-sleep schedule
- encouraging independent sleep development through healthy sleep patterns, positive associations, and minimizing wake times throughout the night


On numerous occasions when working with SPECIAL NEEDS newborns I followed the specialists' instructions which included:

- changing catheters
- extracting stool
- physiotherapy to prevent muscle atrophy
- oxygen monitoring
- Gastric-tube changing
- seizure monitoring
- wake-night support
- adjusting positions throughout the night for optimal spine development
- watching out for infections and spinal fluid build-up
and much more.

While I cared for the newborn babies I also cared for and supported new mothers:

- after c-section with reduced mobility which included helping to stand up and sit down, use of stairs, bathroom, shower, food preparation...
- offering hands-on breastfeeding support
- vaginal and c-section aftercare tips
- building new parents' confidence in newborn care
- helping siblings to be part of newborn care and inclusion
- advising on routine changes
- advising on teething
- advising on weaning onto solid foods
- leaving parents with tips on how to encourage further physical development after my departure
- offering information on a voluntary childhood vaccination plan
- preparing for a newborn baby's first travel and how to manage the short or longer journeys

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