Excellence in in-home newborn care.
For Baby and Parents
North Star Newborns offers one-on-one care for newborns and infants from birth to 12 months. Our service is focused on the very specific needs of your family. There are two distinct levels of care: The Newborn and Infant Care Specialist, and the Postpartum Doula. The Newborn and Infant Care Specialists primary focus is the baby. As a NICS, responsibilities are limited to gentle, loving, and focused care, for the baby, diaper changing, sterilization of bottles, keeping the area of care neat and orderly, and educating the parent(s) about all things baby related. We have found that by limiting the responsibilities, the care remains focused on the baby. The care provider remains free of stress by knowing clearly defined duties, and that sense of peace is felt by the baby and even trickles down to parents, grandparents, and siblings. Our Postpartum Doulas provide care for the entire family. This includes but is not limited to sibling care, laundry, light cooking and cleaning, caring for the parent(s), providing guidance, and an education in newborn care, and support for breastfeeding. It is important to understand that our care providers are not nannies. Nannies are hired directly by a family and are the employee of the family and are generally long term. Our care providers are contractors hired by NSN and are specialists in newborn and infant care. All are insured, independent, fully vetted, and have invested time and money into their newborn care education. We have the most experienced, educated and highly qualified team in the Twin Cities. More than anything, are in your home because of a deep love for newborns, infants, and families. The first twelve months are a very tender and fragile time, and we embrace that by providing care that is focused, gentle and loving. This in turn helps the parent(s) to focus on what they need to do while we are there caring for their baby. We are here to help you on a temporary basis as a care provider, or as a postpartum doula. We are available on call, or scheduled in advance. We have helped women that need to finish up classes for a degree, families that run their own business and just need help occasionally, a husband and wife looking for an evening out together, families that have had a nanny call in sick, or need care when their nanny is on vacation. Some of our clients simply want to delay baby’s entrance into daycare until the baby is a bit older. Whatever your needs are, we try to meet them!
We also provide the following to get parents and babies off to a happy, healthy start:
Onsite newborn nanny training and ongoing support for both the nanny and the family. Happy nannies and happy babies help prevent high nanny turnover!
Rates and Availability
Our care providers are available 24/7/365. We have qualified registered nurses, postpartum doulas, and newborn and infant care specialists available for you night and day. Please feel free to contact us for a free personal interview at your convenience.
For overnight care, advance notice is appreciated.
Availability varies month to month, but we will do our best to accommodate your schedule. If you already know the dates you need care, please contact us as soon as possible. Our dates fill up quickly.
Our care providers are in uniform ~ something unique to our service. We feel that an easily sanitized uniform makes a world of difference when it comes to someone holding your baby close.
All care providers are fully insured and fully vetted through The McDowell Agency in St. Paul. All background checks are certainly not the same, and we found the best. Nurses are not allowed to practice any type of medicine in the home of our clients, or give health advice/diagnosis. They will refer you to someone that can help though!
Because of the demand for newborn and infant care, we recommend contracts in one month increments to insure a continuum of care with the same care provider.
Full Postpartum Doula Care: $40 per hour, minimum 4 hours per day. Recommended length is 8-12 weeks of care, 3 to 4 days a week. Contract required.
Newborn and Infant Care Specialist: $32 per hour, minimum 4 hours. Call us when you need us! No contract required. Care provided for newborns and infants 0-12 months of age.
Overnight Care: $35 per hour, minimum 8 hours. We find our clients and their babies thrive when we are in the home 3-5 days a week for overnights for one month or longer. Contract required.
Multiples: Daytime: $35 per hour Overnight: $45 per hour
Helping Parents Transition Back to Work
Having a Baby is Serious Business… Let us support you and your employees.
Studies show that superior maternity and paternity benefits improve worker retention, increase productivity, improve loyalty and morale, and allow smaller businesses to compete better with larger businesses*.
In the time of COVID-19 this is even more critical. Many parents now find themselves working from home and balancing more than they ever have. The need for quality childcare in the home is increasing. Learn more about our response to COVID-19 HERE (link).
What North Star Newborns offers is unique – by offering parents extra care and support for their newest additions, parents will feel more cared for and supported, allowing for a smoother transition in both personal and work life.
*Statistics from the National Partnership for Women & Families
ABOUT OUR CARE TEAM
North Star Newborns is a local, established Infant Care Specialist company providing on-call and as needed care in the Twin Cities area for newborns and infants from birth to 12 months. Our care providers include Registered Nurses, Doulas and Newborn & Infant Care Specialists who are highly trained, CPR-certified and fully vetted through the McDowell Agency. Our Corporate Care services seek to support parents as they return to the workforce after having a baby.
We have helped men and women that need to return to work early or as they phase back into full time, parents who need childcare on weekends in order to rest and recuperate, families that have had a nanny call in sick, or the nanny is on vacation. Whatever the needs are, we try to meet them!
North Star Newborns also provides the following to get parents off to a happy, healthy start:
- Breastfeeding support
- New parent education
- Overnight infant care for families who need the extra assistance
- Support during Postpartum & introduction of infant sleep techniques
- Assistance with bottle feeding and troubleshooting infant feeding difficulties following a parent’s return to work
North Star Newborns Sleep Consultant
As a Newborn Care Specialist, Katy has come to realize how important establishing healthy sleep habits can be on a child and the family as a whole. That’s why she decided to become a Sleep Consultant. Katy looks forward to helping you and your little one reach your sleep goals. With a collaborative approach she will come up with the best plan for your family going forward.
I very much believe Katy has been instrumental in helping my Patrick and Catherine sleeping through the night. No doubt all the other family members/nanny/doulas/NCS participants in our lives have played a valuable role as well but upon arriving to Minneapolis and working with Katy, she’s has been a great source of knowledge in helping us get them to stretch through the night. Because she was with us day after day for most of the period, she saw the patterns and provided us a strategy and she gave us guidance when we ultimately moved away from overnight care. I appreciate her attention to detail, how she is organized – which reflects itself most notably in milk storage- and how she conducts herself in our home. She has exceeded my expectations and she stands out among all the overnight care specialists I have worked with.
– Nancy, NSN Client
NSN- BabySoft, LLC
NSN-BabySoft, LLC is now the exclusive U.S. distributor of BabySoft Patient Identification (ID) Bands. Manufactured in the UK by Brenmoor, Ltd. www.brenmoor.com, a leading provider of patient identification solutions, BabySoft ID bands provide greater patient safety through comfort and security.
With only an ultra soft, allergen and latex free foam in contact with a patient’s skin, there is less risk of irritation thus reducing susceptibility to cuts, scrapes, nicks, and infection. A microslim label which allows for barcoding using direct thermal print provides for security and accuracy of pertinent patient information. It adheres securely to the soft foam creating durability and strength. The band is then wrapped around a patient’s wrist or ankle, overlapping back onto itself to form a continuous loop.
The BabySoft ID Bands are completely impervious to any absorption and offer a cost efficient solution for hospitals.
We believe every baby deserves a safer, softer entry into the world!
We love the Snoo and have seen this bassinet help so many babies learn to sleep in the most gentle way possible. We are proud to be an affiliate with The Happiest Baby. When you connect with your rental through North Star Newborns, we offer a free phone consultation in case you have any questions prior to renting, or afterward.