As a Certified Newborn Care Specialist I generally take care of your baby’s needs: feeding (or bringing to you for breast feeding), diapering, burping, settling and playing. This may be by doing night care so you can get some much needed rest or to give you time to give special attention to your older child. It could also be because you need to go back to work earlier then expected and are still searching for permanent child care.
Certified Postpartum Doula
I will help you adjust to your new normal by instructing the current practices in newborn care. As the primary care provider you mostly care for your newborn, I am there as support. I take care of some of the background needs so you can focus on the needs of your new baby and other children in the house with the comforting knowledge that I am there to help and answer any questions.
- 2015 Postpartum Doula certified 2016
- 2015 Breastfeeding for Postpartum Caregivers
- 2011 credentialed Newborn Care Specialist recently certified by NCSA (Newborn Care Specialist Association.)
- 2007 International Nanny Association credentialed Nanny.
- Expires January 16, 2018, CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid.
I live in Glover Park in Washington, DC. I am happy to help families in DC, lower Montgomery County, MD, McLean, and Arlington, VA. I will also travel to the vacation place of a DC area family to help them have a relaxing vacation.
- I will provide day support with a four hour minimum.
- I will do nights only with a minimum of 8 hours.
- I will do full time – day and nights. This is generally a 19 hour consecutive.
- I will also travel to the vacation place of a DC area family.
A little back ground on me. I have been taking care of day old babies since 1995 when the family I was working for as a full time nanny brought home their second child. He was soon followed by three more siblings in four years. It was during this time I realized I loved working with babies. As a nanny I appreciate and enjoy all ages however I feel the first year of life to be the most amazing. I stayed with this family for nine years.
In 2004, while on a temporary position through an agency, I met a woman who only did temporary and traveling child care. She traveled around the United States going wherever she was need for temporary assignments. I was fascinated and hooked. I loved to travel; I loved taking care of children. The notion that I could combined them had me hooked. I did traveling temporary childcare for eight years and loved every minute of it. I joined the International Nanny Association and soon met other people who did both temporary child care and newborn care.
In 2010, I decided to back to school and learn more about care for newborn babies. I enrolled at the Alexandria School in Solon, Ohio this was an intensive 80 plus hour program in Ohio that also required practical work to get my certificate as a newborn care specialist. Since then I have been slowly doing less temporary child care and more and more newborn care.
Unfortunately, in 2012, I had to stop traveling to take care of my geriatric feline friends. My parents who had been helping me by kitty sitting decided to permanently move to Florida so I was loosing my loving kitty sitters. I decided to move to DC and take day jobs that brought me home for some part of the day to be with them.
In 2015, I decided to look into becoming a postpartum doula. The notion fascinated me because I had had several positions where the new parents wanted to be the main care givers for their new baby, this did take some getting used to as I had a background as a nanny and was accustom to taking care of all the needs of the child. I also realIzed that while I had received much postpartum care of the mother in my NCS classes I wanted more information specifically postpartum depression and breast feeding. So in September I took a class to become a postpartum doula through ProDoula. In May 2016, I finished the extensive book work, references and interview and earned my certification.
Janinne Gardner has been wonderful to work with! We hired Janinne to help us get through and incredibly stressful period — moving from another state to the DC area, having a new baby, and starting a new job all within the same time period. Janinne has been and angel…arrived cheerful and helpful. She has been sweet and caring not only to our newborn but to our three other children.
Janinne was the consummate professional and also personable and pleasant. She is honest, dependable and hard-working. I would not think twice about hiring her again. She made first-time parenthood a little less daunting for myself and my husband, and we are very grateful for her help in those first two formative weeks!
Janinne helped us with night care for both of our girls and was extremely knowledgeable and reliable. She really knows her stuff and we never once had to worry about the babies while she was with them.
What are your favorite pregnancy and or parenting resources?
- The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp.
- The Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
- Colic Solved by Brian Vartabedian
- The Academy of Pediatrics Website
- The Mayo Clinic website
- The Center for Disease Control website
The best gift that I can give a new mom and a new dad is empowerment. The confidence to be the best parent they can possibly be. Parenting is the most important and difficult job any person will ever have. I have the privilege of helping many people to make the transition of this challenging job a little bit less daunting and easier for both new and seasoned parents.