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SoHo, New York

Los Angeles, California

London, United Kingdom
US : 212.966.2247 (BAHS)
UK : +44 (0)20 7846 0175
info@bahs.com

Services Offered by British American Newborn Care

We provide experienced, qualified and formally trained staff including Nannies, Governesses, Baby / Maternity Nurses and Newborn Care Specialists, Newborn Care Consultant and Doulas. We work with households of all sizes.

Overview

We make placements that are likely to endure. We have experience across the spectrum of newborn care staff positions, from Newborn Care Specialists to Baby Nurses and Nannies. We start from the position that each newborn care staffing need is unique, necessitating individual understanding. The breadth and experience of our pool of candidates makes us confident that we can service households of all sizes.

We are continuously adding to our extensive talent database. We advertise extensively in newspapers (both mass circulation and local publications) as well as specialist career websites (including CareerBuilder, Idealist, Indeed and Monster). We host events, such as Nanny training workshops,  and Career Nanny meet-ups which help us find top quality candidates. Finally, website applications and word of mouth recommendations from existing candidates are very important recruiting channels.

All potential candidates are carefully interviewed and vetted by the BAHS staff to ensure we are in a position to offer clients the best.

Click on a newborn care staffing position to read the full description.

Nannies / Governesses

A Nanny or Governess is a trained professional childcare specialist.  The Nanny or Governess will have a substantial amount of childcare experience and will sometimes hold a degree related to childhood education, such as Early Childhood Development.  Some Nannies or Governesses will hold a Master’s degree in Education.  In England many qualified Nannies or Governesses will hold an NNEB certificate which involves training the Nanny on all forms of childcare from infant to special needs and placed an emphasis on fieldwork.  The Norland Nanny school also offers excellent Nanny or Governess training in the UK.  The Nanny or Governess can work a variety of schedules such as a 7 day live in, or 5 day live out.  Seasoned career Nannies or Governesses will be accustomed to heavy travel and long hours.  Most Nannies or Governesses will drive and swim.  Some specialize in specific age groups such as infant or school age.  Those who specialist in school age children are often closer to the Governess category and will often be qualified to tutor certain academic subjects.  Some Nannies or Governesses will speak a second language and be able to teach children this language.

Nanny Placement and Training Consultations

If choosing the right caregiver for your child and situation feels overwhelming, you’re struggling with evaluating candidates in a meaningful way, or you just need a little extra guidance in clarifying your needs, our consultant is here to help! Ashley Mundt, M.Ed., CCLS has in-depth knowledge of child development, a deep understanding of family dynamics, and years of experience working with families and household staff. This unique skill set and experience makes her insight and expert advice an invaluable addition to any family during the process of interviewing, hiring, and training a caregiver.

Ashley can function as your guide and specialized personal assistant when hiring a nanny. She will thoughtfully and thoroughly discuss your needs, goals, and preferences, as well as the qualities and knowledge a nanny should possess in order to obtain those goals. She will ask questions you haven’t thought to ask and help prevent challenges you didn’t know existed. Her experience and education make her the ultimate resource for knowing what to ask, what to look for, and how to evaluate candidates. Extensive developmental education allows her to assess a candidate’s understanding of child development and knowledge of age-appropriate expectations and care. Hands-on experience in homes provides the context and experience for her to identify the right fit for your unique home environment. 

Besides guiding you through the process of figuring out what you need and how to best go about finding the perfect candidate, she is also available to take on the more overwhelming and tedious parts of the process. Ashley can screen all resumes presented  (in an unbiased manner from whatever sources you choose) and do initial interviews with candidates for you. Feedback on fit, strengths, questions to ask, and potential challenges (all customized to your unique situation) are given at each step. She can offer an expert opinion on candidates and provide onboarding assistance to significantly increase the odds of a smooth start and longevity of placement. These services include help structuring schedules, clarifying job responsibilities, establishing household standards and guidelines, and educating caregivers in child development and personal parent preference. Her services can be booked individually or in packages of various sizes depending on your needs. Please find a sampling of services offered below. For further information or to inquire about Ashley’s availability, please contact us at: ashley.mundt@bahs.com.

Baby / Maternity Nurses and Newborn Care Specialists

Baby Nurses, also known as Newborn Care Specialists and Maternity Nurses, specialize in infant and newborn care.  They typically work either 24-hour or 12-hour shifts. Their main responsibility and priority is the infant, however, a high quality Baby Nurse will focus on the mother and her needs during the recuperation process as well.  They can assist with the full spectrum of newborn care and may be certified in areas including but not limited to: breastfeeding, exploring alternate feeding methods, sleep training, bonding, lactation, psychological development, and more.  More often than not, Baby Nurses are experts with concentrated populations such as twins and triplets, preemies, newborns with special needs, mothers interested in surrogate pregnancy options, and any other newborns who might need extra attention. Furthermore, Baby Nurses range greatly in their education levels and skill sets. Some have worked in a hospital’s newborn care unit, as a midwife, as a doula, in an alternative birthing center, or as a baby nurse in a private home. Baby Nurses, Newborn Care Specialists and Maternity Nurses can have experience with high profile or celebrity clientele and are often hired to help teach the mother about infant-care and child development while guiding her on taking charge of the infant’s schedule, safety and well-being so that she will be autonomous when the Baby Nurse’s term is up.  Most Baby Nurses, Newborn Care Specialists and Maternity Nurses earn salaries that are hourly for the 24-hour period and work on a 24 hour/6 day a week schedule if they are full time. Their tenure can vary in range from one week up to one year.

Newborn Care Consultant

BAHS recognizes and respects the important role of a caregiver within a family setting. Welcoming a new life into your family is a hugely impactful event.  The caregiver chosen to help parents and infant can have a positive influence on parents and child that can last a lifetime.  This person is teacher, role model, confidant, and advocate for your child and assists in creating sleeping and feeding schedules for the infant, while teaching the parents how to care for their infant child or children. Additionally, an experienced Baby Nurse or Newborn Care Specialist should not only be developmentally savvy, but also bring consistency, organization, and fresh ideas to a home. We are excited to offer our new caregiver and family resource services to all BAHS families in the form of Newborn constancy.  Our in-house consultant can come to your home for a consultation, help understand your needs, screen nannies and newborn care and help ease the transition back to work or back to a life balance. Specialized placement assistance including:

  • In home meeting in order to help determine priorities and needs. Can spend half day in home with parents and staff, etc.
  • Assistance crafting detailed job description and schedule(s) and requirements (twin, triplet, single, desired skills etc.)
  • Meeting with existing or leaving staff and children to assess climate and personality fit
  • Assistance with interviews-help forming questions and topics, sit in on interviews, observe trials, feedback for family on candidates

 A family can book a consultant on a short or long-term basis.

 

Doulas

The word ‘doula’ comes from the ancient Greek term meaning ‘a woman who serves other women’. Today the term ‘doula’ refers to a trained professional who assists a woman and her partner before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth. A Doula provides support, compassion, and relief of pain and stress during the prenatal, labor, and postpartum periods of a woman’s life, acting as a coach and guide throughout. Research has found that when a Doula is present at a birth and assists during labor the labor has fewer complications and the aftercare is more seamless.  A Birth Doula recognizes that the experience for the mother is a life-changing and memorablel event.  The Doula will assist with all aspects of newborn and infant care such as emotional support and physical comfort as well as assisting in breastfeeding and lactation.  The Birth Doula will assist in communication between the midwife, doctor and parents.  A Postpartum Doula offers ongoing support for the mother and newborn or infant.  A Postpartum Doula assists with the emotional aftercare for the mother in addition to working alongside the family doctors if necessary.  A Postpartum Doula teaches techniques for soothing, latching, coping skills and all post-birth infant care.  Studies have shown Postpartum Doulas greatly reduce postpartum depression and other potential mood disorders that can follow birth.  

Caregiver Education Program

Our classes are comprised of carefully curated, current, evidence-based information and advice from leading experts in the field of child development. They cover a wide variety of topics relevant to caring for children of all ages. Each lesson provides clear, simple developmental information, activity ideas, and concrete examples of how to incorporate this information into everyday interactions between caregivers and children. 

For all enquiries and scheduling, email education@bahs.com. 

Upcoming Workshops

Learning Through Play
77 Mercer St. Suite 2N

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
6:00pm
$35

Kids learn and process through play. We will discuss types of play, appropriate materials and toys, the difference between child and adult directed play, and how play contributes to children's development. Ideas for teaching colors, letters, shapes, and more through play will be shared.
Click here to sign up.

Weekend Baby Series
222 Broadway

*Sign up for individual classes or all four*
Sunday, April 10th, 2016
All FOUR classes below 9:30-4:45 Sunday, April 10th: $160
Click here to sign up for all four.


Current Baby Care
9:30am
$50
Caregivers are often one of the first sources that new parents look to for advice and answers. If the information they provide contradicts a pediatrician’s instructions or current standards, it can undermine the caregiver's credibility. For this reason, it is important to ensure you are familiar with the latest recommendations. We will cover the current American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines on topics such as: sleep, feeding, tummy time, daily care, and use of baby gear. 
Click here to sign up.

Language Development
11:10am
$50
From initial coos to first words, adult interactions and responses to babies can strongly influence their language development. Come learn how the building blocks of language develop and what caregivers can do to promote language skills and encourage communication. All activities, approaches, and strategies discussed can be easily incorporated into everyday care. 
Click here to sign up.

Beyond Tummy Time
1:30pm
$50
It can become difficult and tedious to find new ways to play with and interact with babies before they acquire the skills to hold themselves up, move freely, and communicate. During this session we will present fresh ideas for stimulating babies and encouraging different areas of development. We will also discuss the use of swings, bouncy seats, walkers and similar products as well as classes. 
Click here to sign up.

Science of Sleep
3:10pm
$50
Current recommendations, research, and knowledge about infant and baby sleep needs and cycles will be discussed. We will also talk about typical sleep schedules and nap transitions.
Click here to sign up.

Healthy Eating Habits
77 Mercer St. Suite 2N

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
6:00pm
$35

This workshop will cover current recommendations for transitioning to solid food and  encourage kids to eat a variety of foods. We will discuss appropriate limits surrounding food and meal time, food throwing, refusal to eat, introducing new foods,  and how to avoid turning eating into a power struggle. Healthy meal and snack ideas will be shared as well.
Click here to sign up.

Weekend Toddler Series
222 Broadway

*Sign up for individual classes or all four*
Sunday, April 17th, 2016
All FOUR classes below 9:30am-4:45pm: $160
Click here to sign up for all four.
THREE classes below: $135
Email education@bahs.com with which workshops you'd like to attend for a direct scheduling link.


Toddler Behavior
9:30am
$50
Are you tired of constantly saying "no" and sighing in exasperation while trying to get a baby or toddler to listen or "behave"? During this session, we will discuss the most effective ways to manage a toddler’s behavior. Topics such as limit setting, positive reinforcement, tantrums, and aggressive behavior will be covered.
Click here to sign up.

Language Development
11:15am
$50
From initial coos to first words, adult interactions and responses to babies can strongly influence their language development. As they grow, the focus shifts to a toddler's pronunciation and vocabulary.  Come learn how language develops from infancy and what caregivers can do to promote language skills and encourage communication. All activities, approaches, and strategies discussed can be easily incorporated into everyday care. 
Click here to sign up.

Learning Through Play
1:30pm
$50
Kids learn and process through play. We will discuss types of play, appropriate materials and toys, the difference between child and adult directed play, and how play contributes to children's development. Ideas for teaching colors, letters, shapes, and more through play will be shared.
Click here to sign up.

Healthy Eating Habits
3:15pm
$50
This workshop will cover current recommendations for transitioning to solid foods, weaning off of a bottle,  and how to encourage toddlers to eat a variety of foods while learning to respect their body’s natural cues and regulate intake. We will also discuss meal time behaviors, common struggles and the importance of avoiding turning eating into a power struggle. Healthy, toddler friendly meal and snack ideas will be shared as well.
Click here to sign up.

Science of Sleep
77 Mercer St. Suite 2N
Monday, April 25th, 2016
6:00pm
$35

The importance of sleep to all aspects of development should not be under-estimated. During this class you will learn about how children's sleep cycles and needs differ from adults.  We will also discuss typical challenges with sleep including: meeting sleep needs, appropriate bedtimes, the importance of bedtime routines, nap schedules, dropping naps, delay tactics, and the importance of adequate sleep. 
Click here to sign up.

Current Baby Care
222 Broadway

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
6:30pm
$40

Caregivers are often one of the first sources that new parents look to for advice and answers. If the information they provide contradicts a pediatrician’s instructions or current standards, it can undermine the caregiver's credibility. For this reason, it is important to ensure you are familiar with the latest recommendations. We will cover the current American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines on topics such as: sleep, feeding, tummy time, daily care, and use of baby gear. 
Click here to sign up.

Separation Anxiety
77 Mercer St. Suite 2N

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
6:00pm
$35

Learn why separation anxiety occurs and peaks at certain times. We will also discuss proactive methods to lessen the frequency of these episodes and strategies for responding when it occurs. 
Click here to sign up.

Goals and Philosophy

Our goal is to elevate the quality of care children receive and provide educational opportunities for those who work with children. Our age specific class format ensures that information presented is relevant and applicable to a caregiver’s current position and responsibilities. Instead of teaching strict protocols or a providing a step-by-step instruction manual, we aim to provide information and ideas that will allow caregivers to provide the best care possible.

Our education and training classes have been designed to:

  • Instill a general understanding of child development that can be drawn on to effectively support and nurture children’s development
  • Present practical ideas for incorporating this knowledge into daily care
  • Provide caregivers with a tool box full of evidence-based information, proven strategies, and activity ideas
  • Proactively equip nannies with strategies for preventing (and handling) challenges that will inevitably arise
  • Debunk old wives’ tales and commonly held (yet ineffective, outdated, or detrimental) theories and approaches to handling common challenges and transitions. 
  • Be a source of fresh game, activity, craft, and toy ideas that are not only fun, but also benefit a child’s development
  • Respect that each child is unique and there is no “one size fits all” approach that is applicable to all children, families, or caregivers

Our Educator

Heading up our Caregiver Education and Training services is Ashley Mundt, M.Ed., CCLS. Ashley has a strong academic background and years of hands on experience working with children and families in private and group settings. She received both a B.A. in Sociology and Youth and Human Services from Pepperdine University and an M.Ed. in Applied Child Studies from Vanderbilt. Her training as a Certified Child Life Specialist enables her to support and guide children and families during medical interventions, chronic illness, and family/home crisis situations. Although she has worked in many different settings throughout her career (including homes, schools, camps, and hospitals), her passion (and bulk of experience) is working directly with families in private homes. Over the past 15 years, she has worked as a highly sought after nanny, parent educator, childcare consultant, and trained caregivers within private home settings. Ashley's background of extensive developmental education and hands on experience in luxury homes puts her in a unique position to understand what families, caregivers, and (most importantly) children need and help ensure those needs are met.

Group Classes

Our group classes are designed to provide an easily accessible way for all caregivers to acquire a general understanding of child development and raise the level of care they provide. Additionally, we strive to provide innovative and fresh ideas for games, activities, and crafts that nurture development and keep little ones of all ages busy. In order to keep information relevant to the current needs of a caregiver, all classes focus on development or topics for a limited age span.

Our classes and workshops are not meant to teach strict protocols or a provided a step-by-step guide to caring for children. We respect that each child is unique and there is no “one size fits all” approach that is applicable to all children, families, or caregivers. Instead of an instruction manual for childcare, we want to provide caregivers with a tool box full of information, proven strategies, and activity ideas that they can draw on to best support and nurture children’s development as well as handle challenges that will inevitably arise.

Introductory Prices

BAHS-Sponsored Workshops: $30
Single Workshop (75 minute): $75
Foundations of Development Series (five 90-minute classes): $450
Package of 5 Workshops: $340

BAHS-Sponsored Workshops

BAHS-Sponsored Workshops are group sessions that are offered to the nannies of British American families. These workshops held at British American Household Staffing provide educational opportunities, addressing child development along with practical ideas and strategies for incorporating this knowledge in order to elevate the quality of care children receive.

*All caregivers are welcome at these sessions, however, priority registration is reserved for nannies registered with British American Household Staffing.*

Single Workshops

Workshops are small group classes that can be registered for individually and will focus on specific topics within a targeted age range. They are a wonderful opportunity to add to your skill set, get fresh activity ideas, keep up with current recommendations, and learn tips that will help you stand out as a professional caregiver.

Foundations of Development Series

Our foundational series covers the basics of child development. Factual, science-backed, evidence-based information will be presented in an easy to understand format alongside practical application and how this knowledge should inform everyday care and interactions with a child. Ideas and directions for interactive activities that nurture each area of development will be provided with explanations as to how and why they are beneficial. The series is comprised of five 90- minute classes covering a child’s:

  • Physical Development
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Moral Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Language Development

Private Lessons (in home)

All of our classes and workshops are available for presentation within the comfort of your own home. Ashley is able to customize the lesson to each individual child, caregiver, and household. If you are interested in scheduling a private session, please email Education@bahs.com for more information on availability.

All lessons (including our foundational series classes) are available in 60 or 90-minute sessions.

Developmental Foundation Series:
Our foundational series of five developmental-based educational lessons cover children’s: physical, social/emotional, moral, cognitive, and language development. In order to ensure that the information presented is relevant and helpful to your current situation, these foundation series cover a limited age range (e.g. 0-6 months, 2-3 years, etc.)

Individual Workshops:
Individual workshops are offered in private settings on a variety of topics and can be customized to meet your needs.
Examples include:

  • Handling tantrums
  • Sleep and nap transitions
  • Learning colors and shapes through play
  • Early literacy
  • Potty training
  • Establishing healthy eating habits
  • Responding to aggressive behavior
  • Setting limits and discipline
  • Separation anxiety
  • Staying busy and stimulated when stuck inside
  • Travel tips: keeping kids happy and busy on the road

What to Expect

Our service aims to establish in great detail the exact nature of a client’s household staffing needs and to verify the integrity and motivation of each candidate that we propose to fill such a need.

By carrying out both of the above very thoroughly, we make the process of finding the ideal candidate as time efficient as possible. Confidentiality and discretion are part and parcel of the process. To learn about our process, view our standards.  The candidates which will be proposed to clients are sourced not only from our pre-existing pool of talent but also those recruited specifically for a mandate at the point when we take the search on board. 

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