Foundational Newborn Care Specialist Training

Foundational Newborn Care Specialist Training

This course has been described as “Not NCS 101”

Topics Covered

  • What is an NCS and how is that different from a Doula, Night Nanny or Traditional Nanny. define/explain
  • Doula: Define/explain similarities and differences..
  • Night Nanny: Define/explain similarities and differences.
  • Traditional Nanny: Define/explain similarities and differences.
  • Basic Newborn Care: Head to toe-hair, scalp, skin, eyes, nose, ears, neck, under arm, umbilical cord, circumcision, non-circumcised, labial and vaginal care, anal and rectal care including diaper rash types and treatments, nails, bathing, feeding including breast feeding, bottle feeding (both breast milk and formula), what you need to know about formulas and options, medication dispensing and liability, diapering and swaddling.
  • Building a Nursery “must have” list, one for you (those things you require every client have if you work for them, and one for them (the suggested items to stock in the nursery).
  • Special needs of preemies (extra caution regarding health, car seats, clothing and diapering, swaddling (why it is different for preemies and when you can switch to standard newborn swaddling), stimulation, feeding issues, sleep issues, why they have reflux more often, how to carry them, etc.
  • Caring for Multiples: To schedule or not to schedule, how to plan for their homecoming, fitting car seats into the vehicle, sleep surroundings, how to feed more than one baby at a time, they are all crying, what do I do?
  • Caring for and building up a post-partum mom: One of the most important jobs of a NCS and why.
  • Signs of Post-partum depression and what to do: Covering the major symptoms of post-partum depression and how to handle it (before baby even comes home).
  • Recognizing signs of various feeding issues: Reflux, tests, treatment and options. Tongue tie, to clip or not to clip, pyloric stenosis – what is it and what can be done, how to feed a baby with a cleft palate.
  • Recognizing signs of food allergies and intolerances in infants: The big 8 allergens and the most common signs of issues. Options for dealing with them and who parents should take the baby to see.
  • Major Methods of sleep training: Sharing the most common methods of sleep training and how they differ from one another.
  • What sleep methods I use – why I don’t use any single method but a compilation of them. And why every job is the same and every job is different.
  • What do I do: The parents are not following through in the daytime and now the sleep training isn’t working.
  • Getting your NCS Business off the ground: Do I need to be “certified” and if so, how do I get it? What are my first steps?
  • How can I get more experience so clients will hire me? What legal issues/insurance issues do I need to address? Do I need a resume’? What should be on it? Do I need a contract with clients? How do I get paid? What if a client cancels? What if I get the babies sleeping through the night early and the client wants to terminate my contract early? My client bounced a check, now what? My client forgot to pay me, now what? How do I explain to clients on the phone what I do without spending all day on the phone and without giving away all my talents?
  • Tax Overview: What are my tax obligations? Does my client pay taxes on me? My client wants to pay me with a business check?
  • Contracts with clients: What needs to be in it? Do I really need it? The client doesn’t want one.
  • Liability insurance: Do I need it? Why? Where can I get it?
  • Educating Agencies about what I do: Do I need to work with agencies? What do they need to know about what I do in order to “sell” my services to the client?
  • Green Practices: My new client wants to use eco-friendly products. What does that mean exactly, do they really work and how do I help her set up a green nursery?

Prerequisite:  Must have prior experience working with infants in a professional setting, either as a nanny or as a daycare provider (or similar capacity).  If you have not had any prior experience with infants; we can refer you to a program more geared toward your needs and then after successful completion, you can return to take our Foundational program. Minimum age: 18 years old. 

Foundational and Advanced Combination Course also available.

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