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I'm considering becoming a Newborn Care Specialist. Does anyone know the requirements and/or special trainings involved? Also the cost, and if you think it would be worth it for someone who already has over 15 years of experience with newborns?

I currently work as a nanny and birth & postpartum Doula. I also have 4 children of my own. I've always cared for newborns/infants more than any other age group. Recently, all of my jobs have come through Care (thank you Care 😊)...and the majority have been infants and multiples (I've cared for 3 sets of twins within the past 2 years alone!) I was wondering if I should get certified as a Newborn Care Specialist. I'm sure I have what it takes, but I was thinking if it would really be worth it to take and pay for the classes. I googled the pay rate for a Specialist and they pretty much make what I make now. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I also have a certificate from my Doula course. Not one family has asked to see either one yet! So again, would the Newborn Care Specialist certification be worth it???

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This is an interesting question. On the pro side: people tend to take certification as proof that you know what you're doing, so it may help you get more jobs. On the con side, it is quite expensive ($200 - $400), and you already have skills, education, and experience to show that you know what you're doing. Personally, I would not pay all that money for something that might not be of benefit in terms of job getting and salary.

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Allison in Piqua, OH
Nov. 22, 2018

In my opinion, more education is never a bad thing. You may not necessarily need it to further your career as you have your degree and a certification and it sounds like you have already found a substantial amount of work with these. Adding one more certification will help you learn more, brush up on your skills and current best practices, and shows families that you're willing to go above and beyond to provide the best care. You just need to consider if the cost vs. benefits will be worth it to you at this time. Good luck!

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No, don't do that unless you have the time and just want to do it. People don't look at your certs nowadays. Your early childhood degree is plenty and to have your Doula, that's pretty amazing.

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It sounds like through your education and experience you are already qualified to care for infants. Maybe you can request an outline of the course and then determine if the cost is beneficial to you. Just an idea.

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You are correct about the NCS... Your experience and character are always the most important. Being a NCS doesn't mean more pay. And as you have found, you don't need to be a NCS to find jobs; you set your rate for your worth and you get jobs based on who you are as a person and who you are for the family and their children.

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I am a retired maternal/newborn RN, and I don't think you need to invest the time and energy. If you write your ad VERY carefully to reflect your skills and experience (especially with newborns as your favorites), the time and money invested won't change anything. I think the idea is to get the family's attention, and a well written ad does just that!

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Nov. 22, 2018

Yes, maybe, but the best certificate is experience of the years. Thank you

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Average Salary Reports. According to the Newborn Care Specialist Association, the average salary range for a newborn care specialist is between $18 and $30, depending on the number of babies. For example, a newborn care specialist for a single baby typically earns between $18 and $25 an hour.

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User in Bessemer, AL
Nov. 22, 2018

You have everything you need to continue to provide the excellent you have been. Your experience and bio speak for themselves. Create a resume with all of your qualifications and present this at future interviews. This will speak volumes!

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Madison in Eureka, IL
Nov. 22, 2018

If you would just make the same amount of money, I would not advise wasting your time or money. Did you look if the degree can help you in other ways then pay?

That’s a good point, and no I didn’t. You’ve given me more to think about, thank you! Not necessarily about the degree, but more about my purpose. We’re led to believe that degrees help increase our earning potential - true (in some cases), but how else are they beneficial? I don’t feel like my degree in early childhood holds as much weight as my caring nature...not even close! I am going to look into other ways that it could help :)

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In my eyes, no it doesn't seem worth it for multiple reasons. You're making the same pay they do, families don't ask to see your credentials/certificates/degrees, you have the training and experience. However, should any of these things change such as the pay difference, families requesting your information, and added training and experience, or even if you decide to advance in your career, then I think you should get the degree. And maybe even more, if your aspirations continue to climb.

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Certification shows clients and care professionals that you have knowledge in the field,experience to care for newborn. Personally, I dont have one ,but, I do have vast experiences gained over the past few decades working with newborn. It definitely provides a sense of confidence to new moms that finds dificult enough trust the care of her newborn.

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ANY amount of education helping a person become a better care giver is very important.

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One never knows truly! I have an Associate in Computer Science and find that now they want a Bachelor to even get my foot in the door. They keep changing the rules to put money in their pocket and keep you broke. I am still pursuing my Bachelor, heck, I've already put alot of hard work into getting where I am, might as well finish and do it for if nothing else, my own satisfaction and eventually, success. Good Luck! Flo

It took me a very long time to finish my Associates. At the time, I was juggling raising my family, school, and work. I eventually finished, like you said, for my own satisfaction and success. So yes, keep going! I wish you the best :)

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User in Lithonia, GA
Nov. 22, 2018

You are required to a) be certified as an NCS, experience as a night nurse is usually and asset b) be up to date on vaccination including TDAP and flu Regards,

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Thank you everyone, for your comments, advice, and words of encouragement! :) So sorry for my late responses. I have decided not to pursue the NCS degree, BUT I will continue to educate myself in the field...and other fields that pertain to child and family care. I think I was stuck on the title. Titles make some of us feel more important/qualified, and that’s not always the case. I find that in our profession as caregivers, CARING - genuinely and wholeheartedly, is the most important quality that we can have. Thanks again everyone. I wish you all the best! :)

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I'm sorry not sure the requirments

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Only requirements I can think of is being CPR certified. Also paid experience with childcare

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How much should you pay for a babysitter?