Motherhood–undoubtedly an enriching experience for a mother and her family–brings a whole new set of physical and emotional adaptations that need to be undertaken and it means a lifestyle reorientation. In this phase of transition to motherhood, a professional caregiver like a nanny for your newborn helps make it smooth, particularly in the jet-setting city like Dubai where professional priorities, lifestyle challenges, relationship demands, self-image perceptions, and emotional pressures are the realities experienced by most families in varying degrees. Since Dubai has a huge expat population, it rings true for them hugely and hence the need of a nanny in the absence of the traditional family support system.
Motherhood for modern women is also a multidimensional phenomenon today as women are exposed to multiple sources of information thanks to social media and support groups. However, the truth remains that every experience is true because it is lived thorough and hence it is unique for every one. So, even though there is more information and awareness today, the most intimate and the most crucial adaptations in a mother’s life only comes in the natural environment of the home. A mother and her baby has to be cared for and every aspect of motherhood and infant care has to be decoded only in the sacred space of the home. Which means the traditional support system in the form of family and friends remains vital.
Here, one point must be made clear that this traditional and most valuable support system, which we know in the name of family including the husband or partner (mostly immediate family) and often close friends, is not that readily and wholly available given they themselves are caught between several professional and lifestyle demands.
Another thing to be kept in mind is that it is not just the availability factor but the level of professionalism and know-how that is required to assist at home infant care. There is no mid-way or a casual approach to baby care after birth as it has to be done under thorough medical guidance and the able hands of a professional care-giver.
Full-time or part-time nannies are those professional care-givers who can assist you with postnatal recovery, infant care at home, and perform daily baby care chores with both efficiency and a degree of personal warmth.
Most professional nannies come with the requisite medical qualification to be able to guide the new mother on breastfeeding techniques, maintain a proper dietary chart and schedule for the newborn, monitor the mother’s recovery and adaptability to breastfeeding, monitor the baby’s sleep cycle, help the mother rest adequately by taking care of the baby, and gradually assist the mother in adapting to the baby’s feeding and sleeping cycles.
Another aspect of training that professional nannies come equipped with is age-appropriate language training and familiarizing children with elementary tools of learning. Qualified nannies impart good manners, spend time with the child at the nursery, play learning games, help children identify trees, plants, food items, numericals, basic colours etc in engaging and playful ways. This requires the nanny to be proficient with learning games as well as have a child-friendly disposition.
Since nannies operate with the most special member of one’s family–the child–who is also the most vulnerable, they need to come from reliable personal and professional backgrounds to be entrusted with such a crucial responsible. Also, since a professional nanny often performs chores in the private space of a home and that which involve close proximity to the body, it is of paramount importance that your home maternity nurse has impeccable manners and high standards of personal hygiene along with a pleasing disposition.
It is here that nanny agencies come into the picture as they are professionally-run centers that run background checks to ensure complete reliability based on proven track record or the fulfillment of certain formal criterion laid down as the agency checklist.
Ensuring safety and security of the child and the mother, agencies provide registered nannies with the required skill-set to take care basic medical care of babies and administer first-aid whenever necessary beside maintaining the daily dose of nutrition for both mother and child.
Nanny agencies conduct interviews with prospective nannies on the grounds of their childhood, education, experience and exposure, expectations from their ideal job, language proficiency, etiquette to suggest the ideal nanny four home based on their compatibility with your lifestyle and the requirements as per the setting your home environment.
Agencies provide both full-time and part-time nannies, home maternity nurses and infant nurses, nurses for baby care after birth and nursery nurses. Most top-rated nanny agencies will schedule interviews with shortlisted nannies, often at the convenience of your home, and help you select the best one for your loved ones.
The best part of hiring via a nanny agency is that the procedure of hiring happens with proper paper work and necessary security checks. The nanny in question also gets familiarized with their prospective employer, which helps them understand the employer’s requirement right from the beginning.