Why is the traditional program set at 3 months?
Based on our experience and knowledge of the postpartum period, we have found 12 weeks to be an effective length of time that suits the needs of most families. Within this timeframe, we are able to accomplish our educational goals and help you comfortably acclimate to life with your addition. Usually by 3 months, effective breastfeeding habits have been established, the baby is on a regular sleep/wake/feed cycle, and new parents are becoming comfortable with routine baby care. As one of our primary goals is to help you bond with your baby and establish a secure attachment, a 3 month period is ideal.
When should I enroll in the program?
We recommend that you connect with us as early as possible, preferably by the end of the second trimester. This allows us plenty of time to present you with baby nurse candidates and facilitate the interview process. Once we’ve paired you with a baby nurse, she can begin getting to know you and your family and serve as a helpful resource throughout the remainder of your pregnancy.
Can I enroll in the program after my baby is already born?
If your baby is two weeks of age or younger, we can still enroll you in the program. We will modify our teaching itinerary to make sure that you still receive the first few weeks of education.
When will my nurse arrive?
Your nurse will arrive either shortly before the baby is born or as soon as you bring your little one home to nest. If she’ll be living in with you during the assignment, it’s best to wait until closer to your due date to book travel, as babies often arrive on their own time and flexibility is key! Your nurse will be on call and available two weeks before your due date.
Am I required to provide accommodation for my baby nurse?
This depends on whether your baby nurse lives locally or is traveling to you for the assignment. Most of our nurses coming from out of town will need accommodation during their three months with you, so a private guest bedroom or bed in the nursery should be provided. If your living quarters are cozy and you don’t have the extra room, we may be able to work out alternate housing arrangements.
Are there any books I should read to help me prepare for parenthood?
On our Resources page, we’ve shared a list of recommended reading material and websites. This is for those of you who like to read, but it is completely optional! The most thing to remember is to listen to your intuition, and know that you’ll have the support of a trained nurse to help when baby is born.
My baby is in the NICU and will be coming home on oxygen. Are any of your nurses experienced in caring for premature babies?
Yes! Many of our nurses are RNs with impressive medical backgrounds and education. If your baby is born prematurely or has other special needs, we will try to pair you with an RN. However, many of our other baby nurses have just as much experience with preemies, if not more, and are equally qualified to provide care. All of our nurses are CPR certified and have gone through comprehensive training with Lavender’s founder, an experienced maternal/infant RN.