Often, friends, family, and clients are saying to me “I don’t know how you do what you do” or “I could never work overnight and take care of my child.” I would be lying if I said it was easy. Honestly, it is all I know. I have been a full-time overnight Newborn Care Specialist for 8 years. Once I found out I was pregnant I made the decision to continue working overnight during pregnancy and after I had my baby. It works for my family and me.
I see it as I get to spend so much more time with my son. I do not have to be at work until 9:00 – 10:00pm which is after my son’s bedtime. I can put him to bed, and I am home when he wakes up in the morning. He does not even know I left the house.
When I start a new contract, obviously, I am up more often with the baby throughout the night. The beauty about our job as an NCS is we can rest while baby is sleeping. If the contract is a couple of months long, usually baby is sleeping longer stretches which means we can get longer stretches of rest. I will come home in the mornings and sleep for a few hours and then take over being with my son the rest of the day.
As a Newborn Care Specialist, you can make your own schedule. You can choose how many nights you want to work, when you work and what hours you work. I love the flexibility of my job. My clients are also always aware that I have a toddler in case something comes up and I need to switch nights around etc.
To me, I do not know how I could ever work a day job because overnights is all I am accustomed to during motherhood. I enjoy having my days free to be with my son, run errands, exercise, etc.
There are so many families in need of Newborn Care Specialists right now! If you have ever considered becoming one, please check out our online courses. We have so many educational classes to offer you!
For more information on how to become a Newborn Care Specialist visit www.ncta.online. The online self-paced courses Newborn Care Specialist Workshop and A Guide to Earning Your Certification will provide you with more information.