Hi my name is Vicki and I am a qualified English Maternity Nurse specialising in twins and triplets. I was recently featured in the July issue of Prima baby and pregnancy magazine. I am very lucky that 95% of my positions are through word of mouth and I do not need to use agency's, I get booked up extremely far in advance so its best to contact me asap.
I started out as a Nanny and made the switch to Maternity Nursing nearly ten years ago.
My love of children and babies grew when I was very young as my mum was a foster carer and childminder so I was always around children.
My first Nanny position was working for a Doctor looking after their 6 week old baby and this was before I was even qualified. My second job after I had qualified was also with a 6 week old baby and I stayed with them for two years. I then went over seas working for Thomas Cook as a Childrens Rep, I did this for two seasons. I then travelled to Mexico and ended up staying there for 3 years running a Children's club for a Spanish company.
After this I came back to the UK and worked as a temporary nanny with newborns one family had a Maternity Nurse and this was where it all started for me.
I absolutely enjoy and love my job and cannot think of anything else I would like to do. I feel very privileged to be a Maternity Nurse looking after these very special bundles of joy and through my work I have travelled to some amazing places.
I understand that the arrival of a baby can be a sensitive time and also having someone you don't know ( a maternity nurse) in your home can feel quite daunting. I am very good at making my self scarce when needed and I am able to fit in to the natural grove of the family with no fuss.
I also don't rush in like a whirl wind and take over but I will advise and listen to the parents thoughts but of course on the other hand I am perfectly capable of taking over if needed. I do have a view towards routine and I find a flexible routine works best and I have excellent results with this approach.
I am a very flexible happy and friendly person with a muck in attitude I don't mind to help around the house if needed and I love cooking. I am passionate about healthy eating and have a keen interest in diet, nutrition and juicing.
I have been working as a Maternity Nurse for over nine years. I have experience with single baby's, twins, triplets, surrogacy, relaxed family's, high profile family's, family's with other siblings ,travelling with family's, working over seas and proxy parenting.
I was a Nanny previously so I have a lot of experience with toddlers and older children.
I have recently trained with Jo Tantum - baby sleep expert to become one of her sleep angels.
8/8/12 St Johns Peadiatric first aid
5/11/11 Enhanced criminal records bureau check clear
17/10/08 MNT Care of Multiples Course
13/06/07 MNT Breast feeding certificate
27/06/07 CACHE Professional doula award level 3 Diploma
17/03/07 MNT Sleep training certificate
10/10/06 NEST Level 3 diploma: Theoretical training in post natal care
08/06/06 MNT Maternity practitioner award
2000. NNEB National diploma in Nursery Nursing ( two year full time course)
I also offer a consultancy service in person where I will visit you in your home to help resolve any issues you may have or just to help give you some confidence and reassurance, this can also be done via email, Skype or telephone.
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Vicky came to us when our twins were 3 weeks old , I immediately felt comfortable with her and she was a pleasure to have in our house . She is an absolute professional and has a wealth of experience with ?babies . She gave us loads of tips and even lent us the best swaddle blankets. Even now she makes herself available to us for advice and help should we need it , she really has made having twins seem 'easy' .if your expecting twins and looking for help book her immediately as we cannot recommend her enough.
Victoria enabled my husband and I to understand when our baby boy was tired, to read the signals and importantly to understand how to settle him in his cot. Any new parent will appreciate how important these skills are. Victoria offered us such valuable knowledge, we have used a qualified midwife and several highly qualified doulas, however when it came to routine and understanding sleep, when our baby turned right weeks old and I had established exclusively breastfeeding him and he had gained weight, it was the perfect time to learn from Victoria. Our little boy seems happier when he's awake now and enjoys that time with us. I carry him around less and have less aches as a result and more confidence in feeling I understand his needs. I would highly recommend Victoria if you are trying to establish some tips and practical guidance for healthy sleeping patterns. It will take hard work to persevere with changes to your routine but our little boy is now taking about seven naps each day which is a major change! Victoria has also been available to answer questions quickly and give advice to support us when she's not here. Learning to help enable your child to go to sleep when they are tired is wonderful, it doesn't always work immediately for us, but we have noticed a big change since we took the advice of Victoria.
Vicki was maternity nurse to our new born son in Nov and Dec 2010. During that time, she very quickly put him on a routine, which he thrived on. It was not before long (at about 3 weeks old) that he was going through the dream feed (1030pm) to 7am with no interruption. In addition to the excellent routine, she cared for him with a great deal of love and affection. At 4 years old, he continues to be a very happy, content little boy who is also an amazing sleeper.
We called Vicki back in August of this year, for 8 weeks to help us care for our newborn twin girls. Again she did a phenomenal job caring for them. It was not before long that one of my girls was sleeping through the night and the other one followed shortly after. Vicki put them in an excellent routine from the day they got home from the hospital. She helped me with breastfeeding the girls and keeping my milk supply so that I could continue feeding the girls until they were past 3 months old. She left us with very happy and contented little babies .
I cannot recommend Vicki enough to any family with a newborn, whether it be a singleton or multiples. She has a tremendous ability to be able to understand babies, do what's right for them and be a great support to the parents. She is a very calm person and in the four years I have known her, she has never been anxious or nervous around our babies. As a matter of fact, she loves a good challenge and thrives on difficult situations. After she left us, she continued to guide and advise me on getting my twins through their routine and helping me with any questions or concerns I had.
She regularly keeps in touch and over the years has come back to visit our son. Being a maternity nurse is much more than a job for Vicki, it is a true passion and she really excels at it. During the time she was with us, the atmosphere in our home was very calm and relaxed. It was hard to believe that we had 3 children under the age of 4. My twin girls are now 16 weeks old and are great sleepers and are very happy and content little babies !
I would not hesitate recommending Vicki to any mother looking for a maternity nurse... she really is fantastic.
Victoria Smith worked for us as a Maternity Nurse to our newborn twins for 12 weeks from March to June 2014.
We have nothing but good things to say about Vicki - from the moment she came to help us establish breastfeeding in the hospital to the end of the 12 weeks she was worth her weight in gold. I am in no doubt that the fact I have been able to exclusively breastfeed our twins was down to all the practical support and encouragement she provided.
She taught us best practice techniques for all things to do with the babies, including bathing, changing, dressing appropriately for the weather, sterilising etc etc. It meant that our first few weeks were really very enjoyable, without the "new parent panic" I was expecting, and that is probably the one thing I am most grateful for. She was also extremely helpful recommending the right kit to buy - it saved us a lot of time and effort!
I was initially nervous about inviting somebody I had barely met to live with us 24/6, but Vicki was extremely unobtrusive and made sure that my husband and I had our own space when he came home from work. She was very clean and tidy and made no extra work at all, and was always good company.
She encouraged us to go out a few times in order to have a break, and I was surprised at how relaxed I felt leaving our very young children with someone else. But you couldn't ask for a safer or calmer pair of hands to leave them with. We also took Vicki with us for our first weekend away and she was invaluable in making sure we had everything we needed, and taking the twins in the evenings so that we could properly relax.
Needless to say, Vicki was also very good with the babies - helping to establish a gentle routine which kept them relaxed and happy. She was playful and engaging with them but always made sure their mum could see their facial expressions so I didn't feel left out when breastfeeding their sibling across the room!
All in all we couldn't recommend Vicki highly enough, and we will certainly be inviting her back if we are lucky enough to have any more children.
Victoria Smith was the maternity nurse to my son from the time he was 2 months until he was 7 months old. She was with us from October 2013 until April 2014.
It is hard to put in one page just how remarkable Victoria is, but I am going to try.
Victoria started with us after we had gone through a few maternity nurses, which was a very stressful time. From the first day she walked in I felt at ease, and confident that she was our answer! I am quite a demanding and detail oriented mom, and I have to say Victoria has more than exceeded my expectations on every front. Within one week of her start date, my husband and I went off for a weekend together leaving Victoria and the baby alone at home, which for me was unheard of. I am a total paranoid mom but I was at complete ease with her as she is caring, careful and safety conscious. She is firm but very accommodating, she is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable about all things baby but also very willing to do things my way. She has an excellent demeanor, is very professional but also very loving and warm toward our boy. She is very discreet and easy to have in the house, big or small. She is extremely adaptable and can handle any situation she is put in. We have done a lot of travel with Victoria and it was always very easy and seamless. She has worked 3 weeks straight without taking a day off on our travels and never complained, was always upbeat, cheerful and energetic. She is very hard working and has great work ethic. My son loves her, and his face always lights up and he bursts into laughter when she comes in the room. She is exceptionally great at entertaining babies, is a lot of fun and I haven’t seen a baby that doesn’t respond well to her. But on top of all those great personality traits, she is one of the very few true professionals in this field (and I have seen many!). She really knows her stuff, and is amazing at sleep training. I am proud to say I have a baby that never cried, slept exactly as he was expected to and slept through the night at 4 months, 7pm-7am. She is excellent at routine, putting baby to sleep if he is upset and wakes, getting him off jet lag, all while being not too strict and inflexible. She has also been tremendous support to me as my friend, my sister, my breastfeeding specialist, my juicer, my nurse, and the list goes on.
For the last few months I have been looking for a nanny, and have interviewed a lot. I have had trouble finding someone who I thought was good enough to replace Victoria. We have offered her the job but she loves babies! During this time she has been relentless and enormous help in trying to find a nanny for us. She really went above and beyond, every day going through CVs, interviewing, all while full time taking care of our son. I am really forever grateful to her for that. On top of spearheading the search, she keeps extending her days with us so that she doesn’t leave us in the lurch even at the cost of having no break between this job and the next.
My son and Victoria have become best friends and it breaks our heart to see Victoria go. My consolation is having another child so I can bring her back!
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