The Benefits of Newborn Care Specialists and Postpartum Doulas


Baby Nurses, Newborn Care Specialists and Postpartum Doulas are very unique and transformative in the lives of parents and newborns. They typically provide a very calming presence to new parents and allow moms and dads to return to playing the role of Friend, Working Professional, Sister, Brother, Aunt, Uncle, etc., that they were afraid of having to give up when they first learned that their family unit was going to expand. The extra support that a Baby Nurse, Newborn Care Specialist or Postpartum Doula can provide will truly change the experience of a new parent from a time of high stress to a period of full enjoyment.

The article below, written for Expectant Mother’s Guide, delves further into the details of the role of a newborn care specialist in contrast to a postpartum doula and how they become integrated into a family’s life while making the parents feel included and cared for every step of the way.

Baby Nurses & Postpartum Doulas

“Doulas: The Differences and Benefits
As any parent will tell you, a typical newborn/infant is awake and in need of care for several hours every night for at least 3-5 months. In the past, most parents had extended family members to help with this 24-hour schedule, and mothers were able to remain in the birthing center or hospital to recuperate. Today, however, family members are geographically spread out or cannot leave work themselves, and most mothers are not given the chance to properly heal before being sent back home (and back to work!). In order to get the vital sleep needed to care for their family and function at work outside the home, some new parents choose to employ postpartum help such as baby nurses, newborn caregivers or postpartum doulas.

Baby Nurse

Traditionally, overnight nanny responsibilities have been held by women with the title of baby nurse. Usually this was family member or well-respected woman in the community. By today’s modern standards, however, a baby nurse is a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with specific training in the clinical and practical care of newborns and infants. Further, in many states the term “baby nurse” can only be used legally if the person practicing this profession is an actual RN or LPN.

For individuals who have experience in newborn care but do not hold specific medical licenses, the term newborn care specialist is now used. However, state and national licenses for the care of 1-3 children do not exist, so there is no certification or monitoring of individuals who use this title. The extent of the caregiver’s experience can vary widely.

A baby nurse performs all tasks related to baby’s well-being. While they are required to keep the child’s room orderly and clean, they do not perform household duties. The role of the baby nurse includes: bottle feeding, diapering, changing linens, changing clothing and soothing the child through the night. An important component of this care is holding baby upright for 20-30 minutes after feeding, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. For parents who choose to use formula at night, 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep is typical. For mothers who exclusively breastfeed, a baby nurse can use expressed breast milk in a bottle, or bring the child to mother. The nurse then provides all other care for baby by burping, soothing, changing and easing baby back to sleep. For breastfeeding moms this means an average of 2-3 extra hours per night of sleep.

With both clinical and practical experience, the baby nurse helps the whole family. Knowing baby is in capable, nurturing hands just as s/he was in the hospital nursery, mothers get the deep restorative sleep their bodies need to recuperate from the emotional and physical demands of childbirth. For mothers who work outside the home and stay-at-home moms alike, baby nurses allow for proper rest so she can be present and effective during the day. New dads and partners benefit in these same ways.

Siblings also benefit from baby nurses. Parents can be available to comfort older children when they inevitably wake up during the night as they adjust to new baby sounds and activity. Toddlers in particular, who cannot yet articulate their feelings and may be confused, need extra parental comfort as they adjust to life with the new little one. For families with twins or more, overnight help allows parents to bond with each child individually or simply have relief from the demanding feeding schedule of multiple babies.

For the babies themselves of course, the baby nurse allows their needs to be met quickly and lovingly by a professional pediatric caregiver. The nurse does not replace family, rather she is another nurturing presence caring for and monitoring the child. For this reason, she often becomes regarded as “one of the family.”

Postpartum Doulas

The role of the postpartum doula is to be available to all members of the family as they transform into a new family unit. While it is true that the doula “mothers the mother,” assisting mom with anything she needs to be able to care for the child, she also tends to siblings, and provides support to fathers and partners. According to Doulas of North America (DONA), “The doula provides non-medical support and companionship, assists with newborn care and sibling adjustment, meal preparation and household organization.” A doula will not exclusively care for baby overnight, rather she will provide whatever the family needs to take care of themselves as well as their newest member. Her role is to support the family unit as much as needed.

While doulas do not perform medical tasks or clinical care, a large part of their role is to provide evidence-based education for families. They assist with instruction about baby care, breastfeeding and teaching other family members how to take care of mother. Additionally, the doula provides fathers and partners with support. This can mean providing gentle support with early bonding and questions, or simply listening to the new parent’s concerns.

Required to have contact information for at least 45 outside care resources such as La Leche League, postpartum support groups or other parent organizations, the doula is also a vital source of information if needed. It is important to note that the doula does not judge or take a position on any parenting decisions. Rather she helps to provide a calm, encouraging environment for families to find their own path as they journey into their new family dynamic.

The times a doula works with a family vary greatly. She may live-in, work during the day or provide care overnight. Since a large part of the doula’s scope of care is to help the family discover self-confidence in their child and family care abilities, there is no exact timeframe to use a doula. The goal is that as families grow more confident, the need for a doula’s care naturally diminishes. Because of the positive, nurturing impact of a doula, she is oftentimes regarded as a member of the family.

The type of care parents select as they evolve into a new family unit is a deeply personal choice. Whether it is family or church members, a baby nurse or postpartum doula, good outside help can contribute to the overall well being of the family. Each of these caregivers gives new parents the gift of health, rest and peace of mind.”


Mahler’s Ninth

anita rogers nyc music gustav mahler 9th symphonyOne of my favorite Mahler pieces, and clearly one of his most famous, is Mahler’s 9th Symphony. The piece has gained much notoriety over the years not only as an incredible work of music, but as Mahler’s last completed symphony. Written between 1908 and 1909, Mahler’s 9th is regarded by many as his greatest achievement. The piece is beautifully and masterfully constructed over four movements using woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. The movements breakdown as follows:

I. Adante comodo

II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb

III. Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig

IV. Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend

Prior to writing his 9th symphony, Gustav Mahler dealt with the difficult loss of his daughter, Putzi. Following her death, Mahler chose to resign as director of the Vienna Court Opera. It was also during this time that a lesion was found in one of his heart valves during a routine check up. This time period was undoubtedly extremely difficult for Mahler, forcing him to take a brief hiatus from his creative outlet. Despite the struggles, Mahler returned with a new appreciation for life and successfully completed his final symphony.

The significance of Mahler’s Ninth is often debated. Is it a morbid welcoming to the death that lied before him, or is it a representation of his time alive? As the piece dissolves into a slower, quieter sound, it is easy to fall in line with the belief held by many conductors and listeners that the piece represents a series of deaths. Whatever you believe, the piece will always be open to interpretation as a listener.

from Anita Rogers | Music

April 7th, 2015 – Italian Opera & Business Event

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Join us next Tuesday, April 7th, for an evening celebrating the arts through business. Anita Rogers, President of British American Household Staffing, will be performing along with Heidi Skok and Craig Ketter. The event is sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and British American Business. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a live opera recital while networking in one of the largest luxury apparel showrooms in New York City. The performance will begin at 6:30pm.

Paul Stuart’s Madison Avenue Flagship Store
Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Roza Eskenazi – “My Sweet Canary”

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For as long as I can remember I have been truly inspired by the work of Roza Eskenazi. Quite simply, she sang with a fire and passion that is often imitated, but rarely duplicated. “My Sweet Canary” is an exploration of the Roza Eskenazi’s influence on musicians today. The film follows 3 musicians from Israel, Turkey, and Greece, exploring their love of the music and why Roza’s music remains significant in today’s world. The documentary also provides detailed accounts of her life as told by family, friends, and the musicians who admire her.

Born in Istanbul to a Sephardic Jewish family, Roza and her siblings grew up dealing with the struggles of an impoverished way of living. While Roza and her family were living in Komotini, a city with a significant Turkish population at the time, she was overheard singing by local Turkish tavern owners. Immediately captivated by the sound of her voice, they were quick to express their desire for her as a performer in their taverns. At the time, Roza’s mother was angered by the idea of her daughter, or any of her children for that matter, becoming an artist and performing at local taverns. Roza would later admit that her time spent living in Komotini was a significant turning point, as it ultimately led to her becoming a dancer and singer.

From impoverished beginnings in Istanbul to the earliest stages of discovering her voice in Komotini, Roza set in motion a legacy that would inspire many generations for years to come. Roza Eskenazi rose to fame as the most popular singer during the 1930’s in Greece and Turkey. Known as the Diva of Rebetiko, Roza was featured and displayed everywhere. You could call her the definitive popstar of her generation. Everyone knew her and everyone wanted to see her perform. Roza recorded over 500 songs in Greek, Turkish, Armenian, and Ladino, making her the most recorded Rebetiko singer.

The film offers an incredible perspective of an artist whose legacy lives on today. Through Roza’s story, we are exposed to a time and a world that some never knew existed. We are introduced to a woman who helped define an era through passionate music that merged the east and west. Today, Roza Eskenazi and the Rebetiko music lives on and shows no signs of relenting.

from Anita Rogers | Music

A Quick Thought on Gustav Mahler

I have had a lifelong love affair with Gustav Mahler. His 9th symphony, especially the last movement, has always been my personal favorite. Mahler is an extraordinary talent – his gentle, long appoggiaturas and bursts of (what was called) loud, and gorgeous noise!! It makes my heart bleed. I was singing through his Des Knaben Wunderhorn last week. I am always amazed by his brilliance and genius. Die Shonen Trompeten is my personal favorite. The middle section “Willkommen lieber knabe mein, so lang…” ahhhh! So stunning it is hard to sing and not cry!!

Gustav Mahler performed by Sophie Von Otter

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 9 in D: IV

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January 10th, 2015 – Greek Music Event

Dear All,


My mother is here and I am celebrating by hosting an informal late afternoon and evening of Greek/Sephardic/Rebetika/Smyrnaika music and dancing. Beth Bahia Cohen and Adam Good will be playing live music. I will be singing and playing the guitar. I’m working on bringing in a bouzouki player! Any suggestions are more than welcome. This is a very informal gathering. Parents can bring their children and everyone can dance. We’ll have drinks and snacks.

BAHS Office
Saturday, January 10th, 2015
77 Mercer Street, 2N Soho, NY 10012.
(Between Spring and Broome Streets).

Please RSVP with an approximate number of guests. Doors open at 4pm, although music will begin around 5/6pm and go on until later in the evening.

Happy New Year to you all!


from Anita Rogers | Arts & Events