It takes a village?

New parents are increasingly hiring “night nurses” to ensure a good night’s sleep

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The hazy weeks after the birth of an infant are often a time of sleeplessness for new parents, but not so for some working moms, who are increasingly shelling out for night nurses to help take care of newborns and ensure parents get a good night’s sleep. Mallory Kaye Goldberg, a 30-year-old mom from Westfield, N.J., hired a baby nurse to stay all night with her newborn, Britton, for the first two weeks after he was born. The nurse fed the infant bottles of pumped milk and helped teach Goldberg parenting techniques, she said.

“She was seriously the best money we could have spent,” she told The New York Post.

The nurses cost about $150 for an eight-hour shift and are becoming more common among parents who can afford it for the first few weeks or months after a pregnancy. They teach diapering, burping, and bathing, as well. Recommendations for night nurses come from other moms or staffing firms, as no licensing requirements exist.

“[My baby nurse] was always telling me [to] go rest, go put on makeup, go out and get a manicure,” Melissa Sheer, 42, of Summit, N.J., told the Post. “I felt like she helped me get myself back.”

Read the full story at The New York Post.

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