We've been providing nurturing care to newborns and evidence based education to parents in the DC area since 2010. Our Registered Nurses (RN) and Newborn Care Providers (NCP) support families with their single babies, twins and triplets. Our role is to help parents feel confident and healthy in the family home.
Part of what makes our team elite is that our Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and NCP’s have the highest level of training and continuing education available. Let Mommy Sleep is the only agency in the country awarded a government contract to teach Newborn Care. Our courses are featured at the Fairfax County Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program and Babies R Us stores.
Our 501c3 non-profit, Mission: Sleep provides free care to military and first responders whose babies arrive when a parent is deployed, wounded or deceased.
Do the Nurses & Caregivers sleep while they are here?
NO! We do not sleep while caring for your child. Sleeping would mean we are not safely monitoring your baby or responding to their needs in a timely manner. There's no way to control whether someone is "lightly" sleeping or heavily sleeping so we just don't do it at all.
When a baby wakes in the night to the point of crying and waking someone up, this means s/he's in an advanced state of hunger or discomfort. Our job as professional caregivers is to respond to baby's cues before baby gets to that crying state. This allows baby to have calm, efficient feeds which then allows them to digest and then rest properly. This is how babies eventually sleep longer stretches through the night.
What licenses and insurance do you have?
There is no specific license to care for 5 or fewer babies/children at a time. This is why we hire clinically trained caregivers who are licensed thorugh their states Board of Nursing.
Let Mommy Sleep carries the maximum amount of insurance for the peace of mind of our families, our business and our caregivers:
- errors & omissions
- general liability insurance
- Workers Compensation
- caregivers and nurses carry personal insurance
We also maintain a Better Business Bureau “A+” rating.
Because there is no specific license regarding the care of 1-5 children or newborns at one time, Let Mommy Sleep applied for and won a local government contract award to teach Newborn Care Certificate Courses through the Fairfax Co. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program. Since then we have brought this program to Babies R Us in an effort to bring elevated skills and safety to newborn care.
What exactly happens while the Night Nurse is here? Do I even need newborn care?
The role of the Registered Nurse or Newborn Care Provider (NCP) is to feed, soothe, bathe, change abd provide all other gentle care to baby through the night. We also provide evidence based education and ongoing support to parents as needed. This means we:
- provide any and all care of the child while we’re in your home; diapering, feeding, burping, soothing, swaddling, bathing and whatever else your baby needs.
- evidence based education to parents
- breast and bottle feeding support - support mom through her nursing session, assist with pump, clean and maintain bottles
- support getting baby on a schedule and sleeping through the night if that is the parents goal
- relief to help mother recuperate from birth physically and emotionally
- partner support and education such as managing postpartum anxiety, depression or "baby blues"
Your baby nurse or NCP will also document baby’s feeding, diaper changes and other relevant info using our documentation App, LMS Live.
What do I need to provide while the nurse is here?
Families need only provide whatever their child needs. Water, formula, breastmilk, bottles, a nasal aspirator, access to diapers and whatever clothing or items you feel baby needs. Caregivers also need a small lamp and comfortable area to monitor baby. (A completely dark nursery doesn't work and we promise a small light will not hinder baby's sleep.)
Who are your staff exactly? How can I feel safe with them?
Our Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Medical Technicians and Certified Nursing Assistants carry their Nursing Board licenses. This means they have had clinical training and that our company is accountable to the State Board of Nursing. You can look up your caregiver on your state's Nursing Board.
Our non-clinical caregivers with newborn and infant care experience have either 5+ years of private duty experience or have passed the Newborn Care Provider (NCP) certificate program that is part of the Fairfax Co. Home Health Curriculum and developed with Northern VA Community College.
Background checks, vaccinations and flu shots are compulsory and the night nurses are happy to share these with you.
I am having twins! HELP!!!
We adore multiples! Remember most multiples are born preemie size, meaning that they need to eat every 2 hours, rather than every 3. This translates to 12 feeds per day for each baby…or 24 feeds in 24 hours!
LMS night nurses and Newborn Care Providers can easily handle all nighttime feeding, daily planning and allow the babies to get on the same schedule.
I’m breastfeeding, what’s the point of having a night nurse?
In the first nights home from the hospital your LMS nurse offers lactation support through your breastfeeding session to ensure nursing is off to a successful start. She will then provide all care after baby has nursed; changing, burping, diapering and soothing back to sleep.
As the nights & weeks go by and baby becomes more wakeful, a Newborn Care Provider still supports mom through her nursing session and also allows mother to sleep during baby's wakeful times.
How do the Nurses and NCP's document my baby's activity through the night? How do I know what's happening?
We have our own in house App called LMS Live. LMS Live is our charting system which documents babies feeding time, duration, diapers, time back to sleep and all other notes about baby's night. Additionally caregivers can provide continuing education to parents by attaching studies, videos or other helpful information. This allows our families to have a real-time log of baby's activity and also allows us to see patterns emerging related to baby's sleep.
We also use a good old pencil and paper and this Eat-Activity-Sleep log so families have the information in written form as well.
Do you serve Military families?
We have a 501c3 non-profit extension called Mission: Sleep which provides free, overnight newborn care to military families and first responders where one partner is deployed, wounded or deceased when baby is born. Donations are always welcome. Because Mission Sleep is run through our admin office, over 90% of your donation goes toward providing care.
Do you offer Gift Certificates?
Yes! We have a Sleep RegistryTM which allows friends and family to donate to new parent accounts for NO charge. Gift Certificates are also available anytime. You can contribute to a Sleep Registry or purchase gift certificates here.
Where are you located?
Our office is in Fairfax, VA and we serve: Northern VA, Maryland and Washington DC.