Caring for newborns; Supporting "new" mums

Postnatal Care Course

The PNC/non-medical Maternity Nursing course is offered at level 3 and/or level 4, progressing to level 5.
Why do we use the term "Postnatal Carer"?

The term maternity “nurse” suggests a medically qualified practitioner, which our research found to be misleading for ‘new’ mothers and those wishing to train in newborn care. Hence the term Postnatal Carer was born.

The NEST course in Postnatal Care has been designed as a learning tool to build confidence, promote education in newborn care and to act as a refresher for those already working within the profession who wish to share ideas, compare experiences and add to their portfolio. Part of the course is delivered as a 2-day intensive classroom style programme, followed by 6 weeks in research and study with tutor support for level 3, and 14 weeks at level 4. Upon final course work submission, assessment and grading follow within a stringent framework as dictated by the Accreditation Body.

What is the difference between levels 3 and 4 and 5?

According to the QAA, Level 3 is classes as an entry to higher education (similar to NVQ 3/’A’ level study); Level 4, equivalent to the first part of Higher Education study (first part of a university foundation entrance); Level 5 is representative of the last part of a foundation degree.

The NEST Postnatal Care courses all include a combination of antenatal, postnatal, and special areas of care. Components of each level bear the same foundation, however the study doctrine is just adjusted for each level. All courses require dedicated research, study, time management, written papers, and presentations. However there are no exams.

Course Outcomes

By the conclusion of the N E S T course in Postnatal Care, apart from developing a complete understanding of how to provide a complete practical care solution, you will be expected to:

  • be able to differentiate between the role of the postnatal carer/non-medical maternity nurse, and where your role sits within the team of health care professionals (such as midwives, health visitors, etc)
  • have conducted an in-depth interview with a new mother in order to ascertain her needs and then assess the level of care each new mother, her baby and her family in order to thrive
  • have achieved an understanding how to offer guidance and support in order to attain this
  • understand the common worries of the new parent/s and advise accordingly, demonstrating your ability in how to encourage the new mother to discuss her feelings
  • critically assess the impact of the new baby upon family life and produce a care plan to reflect the needs of the mother and the family as a whole

February @ London

February 25 – 26, London Imperial College, South Kensington

March @ London

March 25 – 26, London Imperial College, South Kensington

April @ London

April 29 – 30, London Imperial College, South Kensington

May @ London

May 27 – 28, London Imperial College, South Kensington

June @ London

June 24 – 25, London Imperial College, South Kensington

July @ London

July 29 – 30, London Imperial College, South Kensington

August @ London

August 26 – 27, London Imperial College, South Kensington

September @ London

September 23 – 24, London Imperial College, South Kensington

October @ London

October 28 – 29, London Imperial College, South Kensington

November @ London

November 25 – 26, London Imperial College, South Kensington

  • Amanda Gaynor
    "In 2005 I had the chance to re train and embark on a new and exciting career. I'd always loved babies and, after working with older children for many years, I decided this was my time to do something different. I had the opportunity to train with Kate Cranston-Stephens at N.E.S.T and I've never looked back. I've been very lucky and worked in some fabulous places with super families, doing a job I love. I remember while training one of the things we talked about was the many different roles you experience as a maternity nurse and it is definitely something I've always remembered. You not only join a family at one of the happiest moments of their lives, sometimes it's the saddest, most challenging, frustrating, amazing, funniest, most wanted, highest and lowest times of their lives. Peoples strengths and weaknesses are tested and as a maternity nurse you are there every step of the way, sharing, caring and guiding as much as you can."
    Amanda Gaynor
  • Lucienne Powell

    "I was told about NEST by my first maternity nurse who kindly put us in touch with Liz, after chatting to Liz and explaining about my family’s needs she carefully selected a student for us who she thought would best fit in to our home life perfectly. Having had a highly experienced (and costly) Maternity nurse for several weeks first my baby was already in a good routine, however suffering from silent reflux she needed constant care especially at night so I decided that a student would be a more viable option for us as a family.

    The student that NEST selected for us was previously a nurse in a special baby care unit in Australia and this was actually to be her first position as a maternity nurse after her training at NEST - not that you would ever have guessed. With her prior knowledge and excellent training at NEST she knew exactly what was expected of her and she got stuck straight in from the moment she walked through the door. Washing & Sterilising bottles, feeding, changing, bathing, playing with baby on a 24/6 basis. Whenever I left the house with the baby there was a bag packed for me with everything I needed. We were so happy with our student we actually extended her stay. Once my student had been with us for a few days, Liz called to check that we were happy and that everything was running smoothly, we really felt looked after and also understood as a family. I cannot recommend this brilliant work experience register highly enough".    Lucienne Powell, London

    Lucienne Powell
  • Natasha Lazari

    "Getting in contact with N E S T was like a breath of fresh air. After my first phone call with Liz, she knew exactly what kind of help I needed. She was very supportive and genuinely cared. Even after placing a maternity nurse with me she requested regular updates. I am so thankful that I was able to contact her and would recommend all 'mothers to be' to do the same." Natasha Lazari, London

    Natasha Lazari
  • Irena
    “After finishing the NEST course in Postnatal Care / Non-medical Maternity Nursing I have used that amazing opportunity to get some work experience with newborn triplets. As a Night Maternity Nurse I was taking care of the three baby-girls from 11pm to 7am and so gave a chance to their parents to take a good night rest. It didn't take me long to feel confident when feeding, burping and changing such a tiny babies. I am glad for this “hands-on” opportunity. Big Thank You to Liz for matching me with this fantastic family." Irena
  • Georgia
    “Shortly after completing the NEST PNC course, I expressed my interest in getting some work experience to gain some extra confidence and knowledge in order to start working as a postnatal carer/non-medical maternity nurse. I was placed with a really lovely and generous family, who required some help with their 6-7 month old baby while some members of the household would be away. Although she was an older baby, I was able to gain experience with all the basics, i.e. feeding, sterilising, bathing, routines, weaning, and even some sleep training. Having been organised through NEST the mother was aware of my level of experience and was really supportive in helping me to gain all the right experience, similar to that of what I would expect in future roles; while also recognising my prior knowledge. I really felt like part of the family, and was able to learn a lot because without the pressure and expectations of a traditional maternity nurse role. I conversed and discussed any issues with the mother, while also contacting Liz for any extra advice. I couldn't have asked for a better start to my maternity nurse career.” Georgia
  • Judith Katimbo
    "I just want to thank you for the photo you sent and also for the training we had that weekend. I was so touched and moved to hear all the stories and experience shared.  I was also inspired and determined though the knowledge and the teaching I gained that weekend to work hard and go out there, to be of help to new mums and their new babies. I just can't wait to work hard. Again thank you so much!"
    Judith Katimbo
  • Patty Duff
    "I am back in chilly Johannesburg and ready to tackle my assignments! I absolutely loved the course and think Kate is truly inspiring!"
    Patty Duff
  • Delithea Denton
    "Well done! It's a fantastic course. I recommend it to all my nanny friends."
    Delithea Denton
  • Vanessa Atzori
    "I just wanted to congratulate you for the great workshop that you have created about the role of the Post-natal carer. I enjoyed every single minute of it and later on I would love to participate to the PND workshop. The teacher was just fantastic and her teaching skills and experience have been so valuable to me."
    Vanessa Atzori
  • "I am really enjoying working through the coursework for the Breast feeding module. It is really the in-depth course I had hoped it would be."
  • "Dear NEST, just wanted to say thank you for providing such great courses for all of us working in the childcare industry. So proud to call myself a qualified NEST Post Natal Carer and I look forward to attending more courses."
  • Kelly Carr White
    "I trained with N.E.S.T in September last year. I have to say the training is fantastic. I fully enjoyed my P.N.C course and highly recommend N.E.S.T. I'm planning to top up my level 3 diploma to level 4. I'm also planning to do the sleep training course and multiples course this year. One of my local nanny agencies are posting me an application form and would like to interview me. My future career is looking very promising thanks to N.E.S.T!"
    Kelly Carr White
  • Julia Matthews
    "A belated 'thank you' for all the support and expertise from the training, 29th/30th June. An amazing two days shared with an expert, professional team. Just finished the coursework which although challenging, highly necessary for the standards which N.E.S.T insist you adhere to. Will be meeting with a retired P.N.C. in a few days in the hope of getting a placement in the near future."
    Julia Matthews
  • "Kate’s courses are always extremely professionally presented and delivered. I believe that one of the reasons for the success of this course is her ability to bring out the best in even the most unconfident of learners and to treat each learner with respect."
  • I found the course to be impressive; lectures are informative yet interactive, academic without being too hi-brow, to the point yet substantial. Indeed, I took the opportunity of sitting-in on one of the courses as part of my own continuous professional development.