The process of finding the right baby nurse is similar to the process of looking for hand sanitizer in the middle of a pandemic: stressful and complicated. You may know what you want, but you have no idea where to find it.
The cases of Kayla Loschky and Jeri Ford are a solution to that problem (the baby nurse problem, not the hand sanitizer). They founded Baby Whisperers with the goal of making a family’s search for a baby nurse tighter and easier.
Loschky and Ford run almost like an eHarmony of baby nursing services. They interview families. They interview nurses. And then they pair them up based on expectations, personality types, and whether they’re looking for part-time or live-in work. The process is smooth and easy, and unlike eHarmony, you never have to rank your top five romantic comedies.
Loschky and Ford met when they were both pediatric nurses working at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. When Loschky was hired as a private baby nurse, she told Ford how much she loved the job. Together they realized that there was a market for a respected and official baby nurse selection service.
They also had something unique: most of the people hired as “baby nurses” are not technically registered nurses (RNs). They may be experienced nannies or neonatal specialists, but they lack official medical training from an RN. Loschky and Ford, on the other hand – and all the nurses they work with – are fully registered pediatric nurses.
Being an RN isn’t technically a requirement for baby food. Loschky explains, however, that families find comfort in knowing that their baby nurses are “more general in the variety of experience they have and are therefore able to provide better care and education.” She adds, “Our nurses can provide holistic care while being able to act quickly and responsively in emergency situations.”
Loschky and Ford agree that there is a lot of confusion about the role of baby nurses. Ford attributes it to the fact that “there are many different types of help and assistance for babies and children in the home. It’s easier for most people to just say ‘baby nurse’ because that’s all they know. ‘
The baby whisperers offer a range of different services designed to meet the needs of every family. Ford says their nurses, for the most part, “do everything from teaching basic neonatal care to assessing and looking for potential problems.” They can also advise on “sleep training techniques, dietary guidelines, the importance of routine, when to call the doctor, safety precautions, lactation management, rest breaks. [and] time to put your baby on the stomach. ”
Still, ‘Parent Whisperers’ might have been another apt name for Loschky and Ford’s company. Ford explains that her ultimate goal as a nurse is always “empowerment” [the] parents.”
“A new mom and dad are always afraid that they don’t know about babies,” says Loschky. Now, during a global health crisis, those fears are only getting worse. That’s why she adds, “It’s a great bonus to already have a medical expert in-house. Many clinics and offices limit in-person checkups, and so having a baby nurse in the house can help identify potential problems before your pediatrician could. ”
Ford agrees that the transition from hospital to postpartum home is not going smoothly for many families. It’s partly because, she says, “hospital training is nowhere near enough.” She adds, “Many families get tired and nervous immediately after birth, and it can put a lot of strain on family dynamics.”
Ford explains that those early weeks at home can really set the tone for both parenting and infant time. She says, “We have seen firsthand how education and recovery at home can drastically change parents’ experiences with their newborn. This also helps the baby to live a happier life. “For Ford, that’s one of the things that makes this career so clearly rewarding.
As the world copes with the aftermath of the coronavirus and slowly begins to heal, Loschky and Ford will do what they have been doing all along: “Help a family feel stronger and….[building] trust that will last for the rest of their lives, not just the few weeks we spend with them. “
Baby whisperers travel across the country, including Philadelphia, and can be reached at yourbabywhisperers.com