Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at Baby Beginnings?

The Clinical Nurse Consultants at Baby Beginnings are registered nurses that have Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) experience. They have taken care of the sickest newborn babies, some born as early as 22 weeks gestation.  They work closely with parents, doctors, and other specialists to achieve optimal results for their tiny patients. They are often at the bedside to teach the parents about their baby’s condition, are able to identify problems, help find solutions by using their resources, help with feeding (breastfeeding and bottle feeding), and help with any other concerns the parents may have. They are also certified in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR.   

What is the role of the Clinical Nurse Consultant at Baby Beginnings?  

The role of the Clinical Nurse Consultant at Baby Beginnings is to obtain information from the parents and develop a plan on how to help them.  Before every home visit, there will be a 30 minute FREE phone consultation between the parent(s) and nurse where we will discuss how things are going in the home with the newborn and family.  We will then form a plan on how we can help and what education is needed to assist in making the transition home with a newborn more successful, less stressful.   During the home visit, we will go over the plan we have developed with the family, answer any questions or concerns they may have, and make referrals to community based resources if indicated.  After each visit, we will send an email with what was discussed at the visit, as well as the resource information we suggested.  We will also be available by phone or email for any additional questions or concerns.

Can I call Baby Beginnings if my baby is sick?

Yes.  Our nurses can assess the symptoms and create a plan for what is going on and will help guide you in the direction of calling for a pediatrician appointment if needed.  We are not to replace the routine Pediatrician appointments, just to serve as an adjunct in between visits.

What is a Doula?

A doula (/ˈduːlə/), also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also may provide support to the mother's partner and family. Baby Beginnings nurses are NOT doulas, but we can refer you to one if you choose.

Why hiring a Clinical Nurse Consultant is beneficial:  

1.  Reduces parent stress and anxiety levels
2.  Improves mother-child interactions and provides positive stimulation for babies
3.  Increased breastfeeding rates! Mothers who were visited by nurses at home were more likely to breastfeed, and they felt more confident about their parenting skills than those seen at physicians' offices.
4.  Providing health-care services through home visit is an effective way to prevention, early detection, and management of postpartum depression
5.  Visits can improve the safety of the home environment! We will assure that our baby is sleeping safely and you have a safe environment for your newborn.

What other services does Baby Beginnings provide?

Not only does Baby Beginnings provide in-home services, but we also teach infant care and infant/toddler safety workshops in the community or in your home.  We are also collaborating with many prenatal/postpartum services in the community, and will refer to them if we feel their services would benefit you.