We've been the authority on newborn care and postpartum education in the DC area since 2010. Our Registered Nurses (RN) and Newborn Care Providers (NCP) give postpartum support to families with single babies, twins and triplets. Our role is to help parents be confident and healthy while providing high-level, professional care to infants.
We serve Bethesda, Silver Spring, Potomac, Chevy Chase, Washington DC and Northern VA. Please read our COVID19 and ongoing safety protocols here.
Our team has the highest level of training and continuing education available as we're the only agency in the country awarded a government contract to teach Newborn Care. These courses are part of the Fairfax County Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program. Our Nurses are all clinically licensed as well.
Where are you located?
Our office is in Fairfax, VA and we serve: Bethesda, Potomac, Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Frederick, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax Co. and the District. If you'd like care in Loudoun County or somewhere outside these areas, we can still help! Contact our Leesburg office here or just shoot us an email.
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 whenever possible, we hire clinically trained caregivers who are licensed thorugh their state's 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 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 and child care agencies such as Muslim Nannies and Nurse Next Door in an effort to bring elevated skills and safety to newborn care.
What exactly happens overnight?
Registered Nurses or Overnight Newborn Care Providers (NCP) feed, soothe, bathe, change and provide all other gentle care to baby through the night. We also provide evidence-based education and ongoing support to parents. This means we:
- Diaper, feeding, burp, soothe, swaddle, bathe etc.
- help with postpartum and baby care education
- support getting baby on a schedule and sleeping through the night if that is the parents goal
- help mother recuperate from birth physically and emotionally
- support and educate on postpartum anxiety, depression and "baby blues"
What do I need to provide while the nurse is here?
We just need a comfortable area to monitor baby and easy access to water, formula, milk, bottles, a nasal aspirator, diapers and whatever other items baby needs. 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 do you vet them?
Background checks, sparkling references, vaccinations and flu shots are required to work with us. If you're hiring outside care, please ask if your caregiver is up to date on vaccinations.
Our Registered Nurses (RN’s), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Medical Technicians and Certified Nursing Assistants are all licensed through the VA, DC or MD Boards of Nursing. This means they have had clinical training and are accountable to the State Board of Nursing. Licensure serves as a secondary background check. While the term postpartum doula has become more familiar, we are a little diffferent than doulas in that we lean more clinical in care.
Our caregivers who are not medically licensed have either years of private duty or infant room experience, and have passed the Newborn Care Provider (NCP) certificate program that is part of the Fairfax Co. Home Health Curriculum. Additonally we provide continuing education from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
How do you support breastfeeding moms?
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. The goal is for parents to never get out of bed unless they want to. We also prepare and steralize the pump and leave bottles ready to go if needed.
Many nursing moms find night nanny support especially helpful in the 6th - 12th weeks when baby is more wakeful after feeding. Mom does the feeding and hands off to us for the diaper changing, swaddling, soothing and getting baby used to sleeping independently in the crib.
What about formula feeding parents?
We support all feeding decisions and you won't feel any judgement or pressure to feed any certain way. We'll prepare formula, clean ad steralize bottles and leave you all set with bottles for the day.
Can you help me with my twins or triplets?
Yes! We adore multiples and 1 caregiver can get the babies on the same schedule and provide all gentle care overnight. We understand preemies, reflux and all the other challenges and joy twins bring.
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 and make great office or group gifts for expecting parents.
How do the Nurses and NCP's document my baby's activity through the night?
We have our own in house App called LMS Live. This charting system documents babies feeding times, duration, diapers, time back to sleep and all other notes about baby's night. 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 can email you this info every morning.
We also use a good old pencil and paper so families have the information in written form as well.
What do you do for the community?
Mission Sleep: Our 501c3 non-profit Mission: Sleep 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.
Postpartum Support VA: We are proud volunteers and supporters of Postpartum Support Virginia. Their mission is to help new and expectant mothers and their families overcome anxiety, depression, and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).
Advocacy: We continue to lobby and work with Medicare, Virginia and Washington DC reps to fight for 2 hour postpartum visits for all families. Senator Tim Kaine formally supports our non-profit efforts and we continue to communicate with our local reps to lower maternal mortality rates and reduce hospital readmissions.