I heard your team doesn't sleep...is that true?
Yes! We do not sleep while caring for your child. Sleeping would mean we are not safely monitoring your baby or responding to their needs in a timely manner. There's no way to control whether someone is "lightly" sleeping or heavily sleeping so we just don't do it at all.
When a baby wakes in the night to the point of crying and waking someone up, this means s/he's in an advanced state of hunger or discomfort. Our job as professional caregivers is to respond to baby's cues before baby gets to that crying state.
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What licenses do you have?
There is no specific license to care for 5 or fewer babies/children at a time. This is why we hire clinically trained caregivers who are licensed thorugh their states Board of Nursing. We do make exceptions and may hire postpartum doulas provided they have at least 3 years of experience with newborns.
Let Mommy Sleep carries the maximum amount of insurance for the peace of mind of our families, our business and our caregivers:
- errors & omissions
- general liability insurance
- Workers Compensation
- caregivers and nurses carry personal insurance
What exactly happens while the Night Nurse/Postpartum Caregiver is here?
The role of the Registered Nurse or Newborn Care Provider (NCP) is to feed, soothe, bathe, change and provide all other gentle care to baby through the night. We also give evidence based education and ongoing support to parents as needed. This means:
- diapering, feeding, burping, soothing, swaddling, bathing
- evidence based education to parents
- breast and bottle feeding support - support mom through her nursing session, assist with pump, clean and maintain bottles and pump
- support getting baby on a schedule and sleeping through the night if that is the parents goal
- head to toe assessments to ensure mother is recuperating physically and emotionally
- partner support and education such as managing postpartum anxiety, depression or "baby blues"
We also love to help our families with specific wishes such as help transitioning baby into the crib, getting twins on the same schedule, holding reflux babies upright through the night or gentle sleep training.
What do I need to provide?
We don't need any special accomodations, just whatever your baby needs! Water, formula, breastmilk, bottles, a nasal aspirator, access to diapers and clothing is plenty for us!
Who are your staff exactly? How can I feel safe with them?
Our Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Medical Technicians and Certified Nursing Assistants carry their Nursing Board licenses. This means they are clinically trained and licensed, and that our company is accountable to the State Board of Nursing. You can also look up your caregiver on the Virginia State Board of Nursing to see that they are in good standing.
Our non-clinical caregivers with newborn and infant care experience have either 5+ years of private duty experience or have passed the Newborn Care Provider (NCP) certificate program that is part the Fairfax Co. Home Health Curriculum.
Background checks, vaccinations and flu shots are compulsory and we're happy to share these with you.
I am having twins! HELP!!!
We adore multiples and proudly support Northern VA Parents of Multiples (NVPOM)! Remember most multiples are born preemie size, meaning that they need to eat every 2 hours, rather than every 3. This translates to 12 feeds per day for each baby…or 24 feeds in 24 hours!
LMS night nurses and Newborn Care Providers can easily handle all nighttime feeding, daily planning and allow the babies to get on the same schedule.
I’m breastfeeding, should I even bother with a night nanny?
In the first nights home from the hospital your LMS nurse offers lactation support through each breastfeeding session to ensure nursing gets off to a successful start. She will then provide all care after baby has nursed; changing, burping, diapering and soothing back to sleep. The goal is for mom to never get out of bed unless she wants to.
As the nights & weeks go by and baby becomes more wakeful, a Newborn Care Provider still supports mom through her nursing session and also allows parents to sleep during baby's wakeful times.
How do the Nurses and NCP's document my baby's activity through the night? How do I know what's happening?
We have our own in house App called LMS Live. LMS Live is our charting system which documents babies feeding time, duration, diapers, time back to sleep and all other notes about baby's night. This allows our families to have a real-time log of baby's activity and also allows us to see patterns emerging related to baby's sleep.
We also use a good old pencil and paper and this Eat-Activity-Sleep log so families have the information in written form as well.
Do you serve Military families?
Our 501c3 Mission: Sleep provides free, overnight newborn care to military families and first responders where one partner is deployed, wounded or deceased when baby is born. Donations are always welcome.
Where are you located?
We are in Loudoun County and serve Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Haymarket, Gainesville, Great Falls, Frederick and Prince William Counties.