Taking on a night nurse is not to be taken lightly. It’s an expensive, and apart from he expense (typically they cost around $1750 per night) some mother’s wonder whether it means they are opting out of raising their own child and whether the sleepless nights are all part of becoming a parent. My personal view is that they are fantastic (specially for the first time mother who is still in a daze in those first few weeks) and even more so if you find yourself suffering from pre or postnatal depression or extreme lack of sleep that is just not allowing you to function properly or produce enough milk if you are breast feeding.
They usually arrive at 7pm and stay in your baby’s room; taking care of all the night time nappy changes and feeds (either using formula or milk you have expressed earlier) and they leave at 7am allowing you to have an uninterrupted night sleep. There is no doubt of the benefits it brings and I know of mothers who have taken on a full time nightnurse (i.e. 7 days a week) for a full 3mths (which is essentially around the time your baby will start to sleep through the night) hence never knowing what a sleepless night is. But do the sums and that is achieved at a princely sum of around HK$160,000.
But you can pick and choose your own schedule, you can opt for two nights a week to help you through the weekend or (as I did) have 5 nights a week only for the first 8 weeks to help you through those initial tough weeks AND to help hubbie get some sleep during the week as he still has to go to work the next day - we don't often think about the poor dads and the impact that lack of sleep can have on them too as they don't get the maternity leave.
They are worth thier weight in gold!
(runs her own company of nightnurses, they are fantastic...a few names to ask for Win, Terence, Lily, Vivian and many more)
17/F Tak Woo House, 17-19 D’Aguilar Street Central