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ONLINE – OCN Level 4 Maternity Nurse Training

Our Maternity Nurse Training will support you to:


Feel confident in supporting new parents with babies – knowing that the information provided is based on the latest research. We don't just tell you WHAT to do, we tell you WHY (based on evidence) and HOW to apply theory into PRACTICE.


Support parents with specific issues – we take you through our program over 8 weeks, covering many topics focused on the care of newborns and parents. We provide written information available on our online platform, as well as live webinars so that we can explore information in depth.


Know how to support babies to establish a routine that meets the individual needs of the child.


Cut through the myths and find the information required to support parents to make informed choices.

What makes the Babyem online Maternity Nurse Training so special?

This is not basic training.


Gain a professional qualification, accredited at level 4 through Open College Network.


Our team of specialists are the best in the industry and all have their own private practices supporting parents. This means you can feel confident that you will learn up-to-date information that the tutors use every day in the professional world.

We take you on a journey with us…


Once enrolment has closed, we take you as a group on a journey through our 8-week course.


Rather than expecting you to motivate yourself whilst working on your own, we work with you as a group, enabling us to support you personally, but also helping you to build relationships within your group.


We also know that many of you lead very busy lives, juggling other competing demands such as work and family. With our online maternity nurse training, you have the benefit of completing the course in your own time, in the comfort of your home, whilst being supported by industry specialists.


Our live webinars enable you to explore topics in depth, whilst answering questions in real time. If you can’t attend a session, we ensure information is easily time stamped for referencing at a later date.

Who is this maternity nurse training for?


Nannies looking to develop baby care skills in their current role. Or those looking for a more flexible role caring for babies.

Childcare and Health Professionals

Childcare professionals such as Nursery Nurses, Childminders, Health Professionals and Family Support Workers who want to support families with babies within a childcare setting or home setting.

Maternity Nurses

Maternity Nurses who are wanting to refresh their knowledge with current evidence based practice. As well as those wanting to learn a wide range of skills to meet the individual needs of babies.


People who have baby experience and are looking to advance their knowledge in the care of babies or transition into the baby care sector.

What’s included in our OCN Level 4 Maternity Nurse Training?

Week 1


  • Sleep requirements for babies and sleep cycles.
  • Comfort measures to soothe a cranky/tired baby.
  • Common mistakes people make when supporting babies to sleep.
  • Infant brain development.
  • Different philosophies and approaches regarding sleep.
  • Gentle (evidence-based) sleep techniques to encourage babies to self-settle/sleep through the night.
  • Safe sleep for babies.

Week 2

Colic, reflux, and allergies

  • Symptoms of colic, non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment for colic.
  • Symptoms of reflux (including physiological reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease).
  • Treatment for reflux and knowing when to see a specialist.
  • The role of genes, bacteria, stress, nutrition and environmental toxins in the development of allergies.
  • Exploration of the different types of allergy, including lactose intolerance and cow’s milk allergy.
  • Understand how to help a baby with allergies.

Week 3

Caring for babies

  • Caring for babies – from head to toe.
  • Signs and symptoms of common and serious illness in babies, and when to seek help.
  • Supporting the development of babies through play.

Week 4

Premature babies, low weight, and sick babies

  • Caring for premature babies and the effects on parents.
  • The possible short and long-term effects of premature birth.
  • Particular areas of concern post-discharge.
  • How maternity nurses can help to care for premature babies and provide support to parents.

Week 5

Breastfeeding and other feeding methods

  • How babies feed, including infant suckling/sucking.
  • Ensuring the correct positioning and attachment of baby onto the breast.
  • Getting milk supply correctly established and building up the supply.
  • Expressing milk, including methods and when to do this.
  • Supplementing feeds, including reasons to supplement and how to effectively do this.
  • Bottle feeding, including pace feeding and how to prepare and store bottles.
  • Breastfeeding problems and strategies to support parents.

Week 6

Maternal mental health

  • Postnatal depression, including prevalence and what support can be provided.
  • Birth Trauma and wider mental health issues relating to birth.

Week 7

Care of postnatal mothers

  • The importance of protecting the pelvic floor and practical guidance on how to do it.
  • Essential nutrition.
  • Pre & postnatal fitness.
  • What practical support can be provided to support new mothers.

Week 8

working as a maternity nurse

  • Cultural awareness.
  • Different types of maternity roles.
  • Travelling with families.
  • Business basics – pay, insurance, contracts, setting up as self-employed.
  • Gaining experience and attracting the right clients for you.

What you receive when you sign up to the Babyem online Maternity Nurse Training


Private community access, where you can receive support from facilitators and experienced maternity nurses.


Weekly live webinar classes, which are recorded so that you can access them after the session.


Weekly slide deck available for you to download


How-to documents and cheat sheets that you can use with your clients


Newborn placement scheme – available to students based in England.

Babyem Team

Lyndsey Hookway

Emma Dewey


Babyem specialises in offering accredited childcare and postnatal maternity nurse training courses in the UK, internationally and also online. The Babyem team consists of over 20 antenatal and postnatal specialists ranging from Lactation Consultants to Early Years Educators.

In addition to running Babyem, Emma works with organisations internationally as far afield as Nigeria and China to support them to develop their training, policies and procedures.

With a background in Children Services, Emma has speaks frequently at conferences and has written a number of best practice guidance documents for Local Authorities and Associations, including creating the British Association of Au Pair Agencies (BAPAA) childcare handbook.

Vanessa Christie

Shel Banks

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Infant feeding specialist

Shel is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with extensive experience within the NHS in research, training and project management. Her own successful private practice assists mothers and babies with feeding issues, and she also works in the tertiary sector with various national organisations.

She is the author of “Why Formula Feeding Matters”, and is currently working on the Cochrane systematic reviews on Infantile Colic. Shel is heavily involved in the voluntary sector being the Vice-Chair for the UK Association of Milk Banking, and Chair of Communications Team for the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain.

Shel Banks

Lyndsey Hookway

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Holistic Sleep Coach

Lyndsey is an experienced Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Having trained under Chireal Shallow of the Naturally Nurturing Sleep Clinic, Lyndsey now runs the highly successful sleep consultancy ‘Little Sleepers’, supporting families internationally. Lyndsey has spoken at several national conferences on breastfeeding, sleep and supporting families and has written a number of published articles.

Lynn Murphy

Julianne Boutaleb

BSc, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Consultant Perinatal Psychologist

Julianne is a highly experienced perinatal psychologist with extensive experience working in the NHS. Her private practice supports parents and parents-to-be with a wide variety of issues including anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy, miscarriage and reproductive loss, attachment issues, re-emergence of childhood issues and couples issues.

Julianne is a member of the Birth Trauma Association and Association for Infant Mental Health, and she specialises in working therapeutically with birth trauma, PTSD and tokophobia (fear of giving birth).

Shel Banks

Hannah Rose Thomson

Head of health – Elvie

Hannah Rose looks after health and wellness relationships for Elvie, the London femtech company creating extraordinary products to improve women’s lives, including products to help with the pelvic floor. Hannah Rose helps professionals integrate the Elvie Trainer into the care that they deliver, as well as managing research on the positive impact this has for patients. She joined in 2015 from her role as COO of a healthtech startup that creates apps to encourage innovation in the NHS.

Lynn Murphy

Helen Turier

Support Services Manager – TAMBA

Helen has been Support Services Manager for Tamba since August 2014 and she is also a mother of twins.  She qualified as a nurse in 1984 and has extensive experience in health promotion, telephone triage, coaching, education  and training . Helen is responsible for overseeing all our support services including Twinline, Specialist support groups, honorary consultants, helping hands, expectant and parenting courses and engaging with maternity units in England and Wales.

Shel Banks

Kay Crotty

Consultant Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Kay began her physiotherapy career in the musculoskeletal arena having undertaken post graduate training both in the UK and Canada. She established Physiolink in 1990. Building on her spinal background she diversified into Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction and is now one of the leading physiotherapists in this field in the UK. She completed a programme of research investigating pelvic floor exercises in collaboration with The University of Hertfordshire and Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals. Kay has published and presented her research internationally and in Spring 2008 was awarded the prize for best scientific presentation at the annual conference of CSUK (Continence Society UK). Her doctoral degree was awarded in June 2014.

What agencies say about Babyem

“At Nannies Incorporated we need our maternity nurses to be the best in the industry. We work closely with Babyem and are continuously impressed by their level of maternity and nanny training, some of which we have undertaken ourselves. We recommend Babyem as they support our maternity nurses and nannies to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to successfully help our families.”  Nannies Incorporated

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“Having attended the Level 3 & 4, I saw first hand the superior content and I can highly recommend Babyem as a maternity nurse course provider. Those with a background in childcare wishing to train as a maternity nurse should enrol and, after completing the course, should accept as many Babyem training placements as possible to kick start their career. The 2-day courses are intensive and all students will leave brimming with essential knowledge and confidence”. Maternally Yours

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“We at Eden know the importance of a good maternity course. We are really impressed not only with the content of the Babyem course and all that it covers, but also the teaching style and the flow of the day. The Eden team believe it will go a long way in helping maternity nurses keep up-to- date with new working practices”.  Eden Private Staff

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“Professional Nannies and Maternity Nurses need to keep up to date with their training and development. Our Nanny candidates have given us good feedback about the courses offered by Babyem, which cover a comprehensive range of skills and subjects for both childcare professionals and parents.” Greycoat Lumleys

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What you receive

  • 8 modules and weekly live webinars
  • Talks facilitated by industry experts
  • Downloads and practical guides
  • Slide deck available for each webinar

Book your OCN Level 4 Maternity Nurse Training

Full Payment of £640   3 Payments of £219


Will I be guaranteed a job after attending?
We cannot possibly guarantee someone a job after attending our course (we get asked this daily!). But we can guarantee that you will be provided with up to date evidence-based information, with lots of support so that you are well prepared to help parents.
How can I gain experience?
In England, we offer a placement scheme, which is open to learners who have completed the course. This is only available in the UK. During the course, we will discuss ways in which you can gain additional experience, and develop skills, confidence and gain reference.
What are the program dates?
The program will officially start on the 12th March 2018.
Is this applicable to anyone working with babies?
During the course, we focus on how to care for babies and families. There are many ways you can use the skills you will learn during this course, including: • Working in the community with the mothers, perhaps as a childcare professional or health professional. • Working as a Nanny where the employer maybe having a baby and you want to develop your knowledge in this area. • Working as a Night Nanny – solely wanting to support parents and babies overnight. • Working as a Maternity Nurse caring for newborns • Perhaps you are working with new mothers and want to develop your knowledge on how to support mothers and babies so you are able to serve your clients better. • Increase your general knowledge so that you can support a member of your family who is having a baby.
What time are the weekly live webinar classes?
Live calls take place at 8pm UK time and will be recorded and made available within 24 hrs. We recognise that lots of people might not be able to make the live discussion, so any questions will be answered in the private facebook group (or you are welcome to use email).
How much time does it take each week?
Modules will be released on a weekly basis. Each module will be released on a Sunday, and live webinars will take place on a Thursday evening @ 8pm (UK time).
How is this different from other online Maternity Nurse Training courses?
This is a 8 -week online training program with live webinar sessions, rather than an online course with minimal support. Through our free live webinar series, you would have experienced the level of teaching from our specialist training team. Our training team and additional guest speakers will be providing evidence -based practical information to ensure you are able to support your clients. We are able to break down complex strategies and help you digest them in an easy way. You also have a 14-day money back guarantee if you do not feel the course is right for you.
What happens when I sign up?
1. Once you successfully make payment, you will receive a receipt. 2. Within 10 minutes, you will receive confirmation that you have successfully enrolled ontoin the program. 3. We will email you your welcome pack before the 10th March 2018 and we will start the course on the 12th March 2018. 4. Should you not receive your welcome pack, please send us an email at [email protected] and Roxann will take care of you.
Can I sign up at a later date?
Yes, but the enrolment will close and will not open again until later in the year.
What if I don't have much money right now?
We get that, and understand it’s an investment. Should you wish to attend, we offer payment plans so you have the flexibility of paying over a period of time.
When are the live webinar sessions?
The live coaching calls will take place on Thursday evening @ 8pm (UK time) and the recorded version will be available 24 hrs afterwards. Often the best conversions take place in the private facebook group.
Will I be assessed during the course?
Each module (topic) consists of a number of lessons, and most lessons have sub-lessons. After each of the lessons, you will be required to complete short multiple choice questions. You are required to achieve 80% in each of the lessons to pass, however, you are able to retake those tests. Therefore, if you do not pass, you keep retaking until you do!
How do I achieve the qualification in Postnatal Maternity Nurse Training?
In order to receive the OCN qualification in Postnatal Maternity Nurse Training, you will need to complete the essay-based assignment. The assessment is emailed to you at the beginning of the course, and you are then given 9 weeks to complete the assessment. Each question is approximately 250- 300 words each and relates to the topics covered during the course. Once completed you will need to send the assessment back to us, and your work will be marked and then assessed by Open College Network. If there are any amends to be made, we let you know by emailing you (or scheduling a call if required) and you are given extra time to make those amends. Once your work has been successfully verified, you will receive your qualification through Open College Network.
Can I complete the course and choose not to complete the assessment to achieve the qualification?
You are welcome to complete the course, attend the live workshops and not complete the assessment. If you choose to do this, on successful completion of all of the multiple-choice questions you will be given a certificate of achievement (non-accredited).
Can I talk to you throughout the program?
Yes! You can contact us through the chat service, by email, Skype or feel free to call.

Our 14-day money back guarantee

We are deeply committed to supporting you in your journey as a Maternity Nurse. With a team of highly skilled specialists supporting you, we look forward to helping you achieve your business goals.

As a training team, we have supported thousands of childcare professionals in the UK and internationally. Through our consultancy service, we have supported agencies internationally, to develop their training, developing policies and procedures and coaching them to success.

However, we also want you to feel comfortable with your investment – so we offer a 14-day money back guarantee. If you join and within 14 days and decide the program isn’t right for you, then you can request a full refund and we wish you well for the future.

We are confident that you will love the course and we are very excited at the opportunity to support you and be part of your journey!

Who is this Maternity Nurse Training for?

Who is this training not right for?


You are committed to making change happen by putting in the work


You enjoy making connections with other candidates internationally and being part of a supportive group.


You enjoy going through topics with time and with an opportunity to reflect on work knowing you have on-going support.


You want to learn from a team of specialists.


You are willing to be part of the private Facebook community and be supportive of the other candidates.


You want the work to be done for you.


Not able to dedicate 2-4hrs a week towards your training.


People who believe in a one size fits all approach to caring for babies.

Online Maternity Nurse Training course prerequisite:


Must have a good level of conversational English. The course is taught in English and assignments must be completed in English.


Candidates are required to have at least 1-year baby experience (including newborn experience) before attending this course.

In order to complete the online element of the Sleep Training course, candidates are required to have the following in place:


Internet access and a working email address


Up to date internet browser such as: Google Chrome/ Internet Explorer/Safari/FireFox.


Ability to hear audio/video via your computer


Use of a computer to study the course – tablets and smartphones are not advisable for studying.