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What Are The Differences Between a Newborn Care Specialist and a Postpartum Doula?

What Are The Differences Between a Newborn Care Specialist and a Postpartum Doula?

“Newborn Care Specialist? Postpartum Doula? What is the best match for our family?”

The arrival of a new baby is always a huge milestone for families! The first few weeks and months can be both beautiful and challenging as the entire family transitions into their new identity. Luckily, we at Educated Nannies understand this important time and are here to help! In 2023 we launched our sister company, Educated Newborn Care Specialists! After 7 years of placing NCS’s through Educated Nannies, we saw there was a huge need to support our families nationwide. 

In addition to helping families find their perfect Newborn Care Specialist, we also place Postpartum Doulas! Many families reach out to us asking what is the difference between these two professional roles and which is the ideal match for their family? As with all things, it all depends on your situation! Below we will outline the difference between these two roles, so that you may find what is the best match for your family’s individual wishes, wants, and needs!

Newborn Care Specialist: An NCS is a professional who is trained in the care of newborns. They will have both in-depth training and experience in establishing sleep schedules, feeding schedules, and soothing techniques. Many NCS’s will also have additional training and experience in working with multiples, premature babies, and medically fragile babies. Many families will hire an NCS to work overnight in the early weeks and months to establish these important routines and schedules, while the parents have the ability to rest. One easy way to think about this role is that it is “all things baby.” 

We recommend that you start your search for an NCS after your 20 week scan. Most NCS’s will book up about 3-4 months in advance; therefore, we recommend booking them while still pregnant as it’s important to secure the support you need to give you peace of mind. Our NCS team works 12 hour shifts (typically from 7 pm to 7 am), or 24/7 shifts to support your needs. The general rates they request are between $45-65/hour and most clients will hire an NCS to support them for the first 12-16 weeks of their baby’s life. 

Postpartum Doula: A PPD is a trained and experienced professional who supports new parents and families. Postpartum Doulas may have training in feeding and lactation support, holistic postpartum healing modalities such as belly binding, nutritional or meal support, placenta encapsulation, light household tasks, and more. While PPD’s may provide newborn care education, their role is centered around supporting the whole family, and many times the birther or mother. One easy way to think about this role is “all things birther and/or parent.” 

We recommend that you start your search for a PPD when you are 7 months pregnant. Most families have postpartum support for a minimum of six weeks. Doulas typically charge rates of $50-60/hour. 

Both types of professionals can feel like life-savers in those early weeks and months. As a company made up of women and mothers, we feel extremely passionate and honored to support new families in this way! If you have any further questions regarding hiring an NCS or PPD, please feel free to reach out. We are always here for YOU! 

Educated Nannies Team New Year Goals

Educated Nannies Team New Year Goals

2024 Goals! 

Here at the Educated Nannies, we love new beginnings, fresh starts, and the opportunity to create new goals and intentions. As we kicked off our first team meeting of 2024, each member of our team had the opportunity to share some of their goals for the coming weeks, months, and this year. Since we are big believers in practicing what we teach, we are sharing some of these goals with you all. Perhaps they will serve as inspiration for you to dream, plan, and successfully execute your goals in the new year!

Educated Nannies Team Professional Goals:

Support our existing Nannies in landing their dream job: We are only as great as our Nannies and we believe we represent some of the best! In 2024, we look forward to placing our Rockstar Nannies in their dream positions. If you are a Rockstar Nanny with this same goal, send us a quick email to keep us updated on your wishes, wants, needs, and goals in the New Year. The more we understand your goals, the better we can serve you!

Mentor new Rising Rockstar Nannies and help them find their dream position that will propel their career: The current market is competitive, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for growth! If you are a Rising Rockstar Nanny, reach out to our temp division. Adding that experience to your resume may be the component that allows you to land your dream job in the New Year!

Continue to develop our sister company, Educated Newborn Care SpecialistsEvery endeavor we begin is built from passion and that is no different with Educated NCS. It is no secret that the early stages of parenthood can feel overwhelming. It is our mission to support families during this challenging and beautiful time, and thus, our sister company was born! If you know of any families that are needing support during this time, please let them know we are here! In addition to placing outstanding Newborn Care Specialists, we also place Postpartum Doulas. Additionally, if you are a professional NCS or PPD who is passionate, experienced, and sensitive to this important time, please reach out!

Now we will dive briefly into a few of our Personal Goals:

Prioritize quiet time each day: In this busy world, it is easy to keep going, working, and hitting milestones. While that is all very important, in this New Year, we look forward to also being still, enjoying the small movements, and finding peace in the day-to-day.

Find more movement: Fitness goals are always on the top of the New Year’s list. This year, we are working to find more approachable opportunities to move throughout the day; whether that is taking a 15-minute break during the work day, taking calls at our standing desk, or embarking on new routines. Let’s face it, caregiving and parenting can sometimes feel like a contact sport!

Organize our workspaces for the new year: Working from home can be a challenge when running a household! In the new year each of us set up a fresh, clean, and organized workspace after the busy holiday season!

Drink more water: This seemingly simple goal can sometimes be a challenge! In this New Year, many of us on the EN Team are prioritizing both big goals and small ones. All are sure to help set us up for success!

We would love to hear from you! What New Year’s goals or intentions have you set for yourself in 2024?

Self-Care Journaling

Self-Care Journaling

Are you searching for the perfect addition to your self-care routine? Here are a few of our favorite journals to add to your daily routine, whether you’re searching for prompts to guide you or just a beautiful place to share your thoughts, we have exactly what you’re looking for!


Five minutes a day offers a simple yet powerful method to the feeling of appreciation for the people and experiences in our lives that have helped or supported us in some way. Even if you only have few minutes a day, simply taking that time to reflect on the things you’re thankful for and write it in this daily journal meditating on how you’re going to pay them forward will begin to make your life toward positivity and make next day more better.

Better Every Day

The Better Every Day Journal is a daily guided journal to help you become the best version of yourself. With 365 prompts designed for self-love, reflection, and growth, this journal makes the perfect addition to your morning or nighttime self-care routine.

Dig Deeper

Another great pick from Inside and Out comes the Dig Deeper Journal is a guided journal designed to help you get to know yourself at a deeper level. With 180 prompts for intention, healing, and growth, this journal makes the perfect addition to your morning or nighttime self-care routine.

Shadow Work

If you are looking for a self-care practice to discover and heal the deepest parts of your subconscious, the Shadow Work Journal may be for you! This shadow work journal provides you easy-to-use pages laying out activities, exercises, journaling prompts, and more. Most importantly, it keeps you accountable and consistent in your journey to experience the healing you deserve.

Soul Therapy

Does a journey through 365 days of self-exploration, healing, and reflection sound right up your alley? Check out Soul Therapy‘s daily journal. This life-changing guided journal will help you slow down, self-reflect, and learn about yourself.

Switch Journals

Are you hoping to work on a specific area of your subconscious like emotions, boundaries, self-love, or self-talk? Switch Journals may be the perfect journal for you. These journals are a comprehensive, evidence-based programs designed to help individuals improve their mental and emotional well-being. They include a beautiful physical hardcover journal, and daily video guidance.

Inside and Out Blank Journals

Are you less into prompts and more into free-writing? Check out these beautifully made journals from Inside and Out. Whether you choose a Zodiac journal specific to your sign or a simple lined journal, these well-crafted journals are perfect for your self-care practice.

The whole team at Educated Nannies hopes these journals help you to create the life you envision and add an incredible new practice to your self-care journey!

Enhance Your Nanny Career!

Enhance Your Nanny Career!

Are you looking to take a new class to add a certificate and wealth of knowledge to your resume? Check out our list of our favorite classes/certifications to help you continue to be the ultimate rockstar nanny!

Positive Discipline course by Sproutable

This course gives you the framework of Positive Discipline, based on the theories of psychologists Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, and tools from the latest social neuroscience to use when caring for young children (toddlers & preschoolers). Check out Sproutable’s Nanny Certification!

RIE with Janet Lansbury

Are you the ultimate respectful nanny who would love to learn from the best of the best? Check out Janet Lansbury’s No Bad Kids Master Course!

Water Safety!

Red Cross offers an incredible online resource class for Water Safety for Caregivers to add to your resume! Knowing how to swim, save a child, and stay safe around any body of water is an excellent qualification!

Become a Montessori Expert

The Prepared Montessorian Institute has a variety of on-demand programs to choose from to hone your Montessori skills in everything from independent play to potty training!

Learn More about feeding, physical activity, and safe sun exposure!

Texas A&M AgriLife has a variety of educational online courses for caregivers! Check out Age-Appropriate Nutrition, Feeding, and Support for Breastfeeding, Physical Activity & Screen Time, and Grow Sun Smart!

Play Based Learning

The virtual Free to Play Summit is happening October 21st through 23rd! Sign up now to learn from 15 education experts how to engage, support and elevate children’s development.

We hope you enjoy these courses as much as we have and can’t wait to see them popping up on your resumes! Parents and nannies alike will be thrilled to see so many new certifications on your resume!

Rockstar Nanny Resume Tips!

Rockstar Nanny Resume Tips!

A resume is the first step to making a great impression. Are you wondering how to showcase your incredible nanny or NCS experience? We can help! Follow these tips to make your resume stand out and land the job you’ve been waiting for!

Qualifications Front and Center

Have you taken courses in child development? Are you travel-ready, CPR and first aid certified? Do you speak another language? Are you registered with TrustLine in California? These are fantastic qualifications to add to your resume to showcase your rockstar qualities. Share the philosophies you are trained in, if you have live-in experience, or if you’ve worked in high-profile homes!

Reasons for Leaving

Including a reason for leaving each of your positions is a fantastic way to be transparent and show the client why a position may have been short-lived or why a long-term position came to an end. We understand that not every position is the perfect fit and you may have worked with multiple families in a decade as children always start school and full-time positions turn into part-time positions.

Ages of Children Upon Hire

Along with the title of your position, include the ages of the children you cared for when you started the position! The family will do the math to see how old they were when you left, and this is a great way to touch on the ages you have the most experience with! If a child was born while you were working for a family, make sure to add your newborn or infant experience with the family as well.

Education, Certifications, and Coursework

If you have a college degree, share it here! Families love to see where you went to school, where you received your certifications from, or any other classes you may have taken! You never know when a parent will request a nanny who went to culinary school because preparing healthy meals is super important for their family. Leave the year you graduated from school as it can leave the door open for discrimination.

A Smiling Photo!

Photos are always optional and we want the candidates we represent to feel completely comfortable with how we present them to our clients. It’s important to mention that clients love to see a smiling photo on your resume to make your incredible qualifications feel more personable!


Sharing if you worked full-time, part-time, on a rotational schedule, or as a weekend nanny can add so much clarification to your resume, especially if you have crossover with some positions! Please also include if the position was live-in or live-out as that does matter for clients, especially those seeking live-in nannies.

Make it Personal!

What are some of your top hobbies? Sharing a little bit about yourself in a short, third-person bio can be a great way to share a little about your philosophy as a nanny and who you are both inside and outside of your career. Some nannies even have websites or blogs with crafts and art projects which is always fun for parents to peruse. Pro-tip: Don’t overshare!

Teaching or Newborn Care Experience to Add?

We love to see it! Make separate sections on your resume for your NCS clients, temp work, or teaching experience, with the most relevant experience at the top of your resume! All of your experience caring for children is important.

We hope these resume tips help you land the job of your dreams! Reach out to one of our incredible recruiters if you’re ready to find your next position with Educated Nannies!

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