Doula or maternity nurse?

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

What's the difference?

Maternity Nurse: is an experienced and qualified specialist nanny trained in providing support, advice, care and respite to parents and new born babies. They ensure that the settling in period is a smooth, relaxed and highly enjoyable experience for everyone shortly after the birth of a new baby. They will offer advice on breast feeding /bottle feeding , help the parents both feel comfortable about bathing their new born & assist with the night shifts. Maternity nurses ,as a rule, don't help with older siblings.

Doula: Birth doula: is also qualified and works alongside the Dr's and midwives they do not advise but they can support a woman to find information to make informed decisions about her maternity care. They provide support, for women and couples, throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and the immediate postnatal time.

Post natal doulas: Arrive once the baby is born and offer support to the whole family including older siblings. They use their initiative and do what is necessary : this can be school runs, helping around the house, walking the dog etc. They will also help with the baby at night. Their role is to help the whole family have a positive experience of having a new baby in the household.

Savernake Nannies have a doula and a maternity nurse registered with us as well as a night nanny who goes to the family home and takes over the night shift letting the parents catch up on some sleep. The night nanny can try to help establish a sleep routine to suit the family


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