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      Maternity Nurse Training – OCN London Levels 3, 4 and 5

      About Babyem

      Our acclaimed Maternity Nurse Training courses provide those wanting to become Maternity Nurses or those already working with babies an opportunity to further their skills. The Maternity Nurse Training course is available at a level 3, 4 and 5 through Open College Network (OCN London).

      Ongoing professional development and career coaching

      Highly successful newborn work placement scheme

      Course delivered by UK leading baby care specialists

      At Babyem holistic and evidence based practice is at the heart of everything we teach. We achieve this through our Maternity Nurse Training by:


      Having a multi agency team of industry experts support you.

      Our speakers have written systematic reviews contributed to medical journals and run their own private practices.


      We cut through the myths and support you to help parents to make informed choices.

      We don’t just tell you WHAT to do, we tell you WHY (based on evidence) and HOW to apply theory into PRACTICE to meet the individual needs of each child.


      Support our students to gain skills, confidence and find employment through our newborn placement scheme.

      You can browse current placement opportunities or take a look at how our award-winning Maternity Nurse Training has candidates gain paid employment – as reported in the leading childcare industry magazine, Nursery World.


      Free support for 12 months through our private facebook group.

      Receive monthly Q& A seminars and have your questions answered by industry specialists and experienced Maternity Nurses. Sessions also provide continued learning opportunities to keep our students up to date with best practice and changing guidelines.

      Why complete your Maternity Nurse Training with Babyem?

      Most advanced maternity nurse qualification level in the industry – Accreditation Level 3 – 5

      Most comprehensive maternity course in the industry with 2 days attendance + 2 days of online content + bonus baby massage workshop. Ensuring you feel prepared in your role supporting newborns and parents

      Voted number 1 training agency by the independent review site freeindex

      Affordable instalment plans available, enabling you to pay weekly, monthly or over 6 months


      Guest speakers from leading Maternity Agencies attend our courses, providing essential practical information and career guidance to ensure you feel confident starting your role

      Learn in beautiful surroundings

      FREE baby massage workshop for each participants delivered by the renowned Active Birth Centre in London

      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.

      OCN Maternity Nurse Training Online + 2 Days Attendance

      Our Maternity Nurse Training is taught to a Level 4 standard, and you have the flexibility to complete the Level 3 or the Level 4 assessment (or both only paying the level 4 cost). Candidates that book the Level 4 course, receive 3 additional bonus modules.

      Sleep in newborns

      Sleep in newborns

      • Sleep requirements in babies
      • Sleep cycles
      • Signs of tiredness in babies
      • Different sleep associations and how to minimise the use of these
      • How to read a baby’s tiredness cues before they become over tired
      • How to initiate healthy sleep patterns from newborn
      • Challenges babies face at different ages and how to support them
      • Common mistakes people make when supporting babies to sleep
      • Infant brain development
      • Review of different philosophies and approaches regarding sleep
      • Gentle (evidence-based) sleep techniques to encourage babies to self-settle/sleep through the night
      • Infant soothing techniques
      • Sudden infant death syndrome, sleep in newborns
      • Health & care of newborns

      Working as a Maternity Nurse

      Working as a Maternity Nurse

      (This section is delivered by a guest speaker from a leading maternity agency)

      • Finding employment as a Maternity Nurse (or other related fields caring for newborns) and setting rates Contracts
      • Interviews & creating a winning CV
      • Finding employment as a Maternity Nurse (or other related fields caring for newborns) and setting rates
      • Working with agencies and marketing yourself
      • Gaining Newborn Experience – OPTIONAL maternity work placement programme.

      Maternal Anatomy

      Maternal Anatomy

      • How babies feed, including infant suckling/sucking
      • How to ensure the correct positioning and attachment of baby onto the breast
      • Getting milk supply set up correctly and building up the supply
      • Feeding patterns and how to tell a good feed
      • How to implement a sustainable feeding routine
      • Breastfeeding difficulties including cracked nipples, nipple trauma, engorgement, mastitis and thrush
      • 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.
      • Implications of mixed feeding

      Infant First Aid

      Infant First Aid

      • Common illnesses in infants and young children
      • Signs and symptoms of fevers, throat, ear and urinary infections, chicken pox, febrile convulsions, diarrhoea and vomiting, hand foot and mouth, impetigo, ringworm
      • When medical attention should be sought

      Infant skin problems

      Infant skin problems

      • Erythema toxicum, jaundice, breast abnormalities, umbilical cord care, amount of nappies (as a guide to health in newborns)
      • Bathing and changing newborns

      Colic & Reflux in babies

      Colic & Reflux in babies

      • 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

      Child development in babies 0-12 months

      Child development in babies 0-12 months

      • Personal, Social and Emotional development
      • Physical development
      • Speech, language and communication development
      • Cognitive development

      Meningitis & other serious illness

      Meningitis & other serious illness

      • Signs and symptoms of serious illness in babies
      • Meningitis – signs and symptoms
      • When to seek help
      • Premature, sick and low birth weight babies

      The effects on parents and babies

      The effects on parents and babies

      • Chronological vs. corrected age
      • Particular areas of concern post-discharge
      • How maternity nurses can help to care for premature babies and provide support to parents
      • Breastfeeding and other feeding methods

      Health and care of postnatal Mums

      Health and care of postnatal Mums

      • Potential issues after a vaginal or caesarean birth and how to support a mother as a Maternity Nurse
      • Signs and symptoms of postnatal mood disorders
      • Bleeding – what’s normal or not
      • Lifting, moving and exercising
      • Diet and rest

      Level 4 Maternity Nurse Training (bonus modules)

      Culture & diversity

      Culture & diversity

      • How families are changing
      • Different cultural groups that have distinct and specific needs
      • How to support the LGBT community

      Child temperament

      Child temperament, behaviour, personality and parenting

      • Developmental milestones
      • Leaps and phases

      Flat head syndrome

      Flat head syndrome

      • Flat head syndrome – is it all the same?
      • Synostotic v Non Synostotic flat head syndrome
      • Treatment plans available

      PLUS A FREE baby massage workshop

      When you sign up today!

      The baby massage workshop will be led by Lynn Murphy, co-director of the renowned Active Birth Centre in North London. She will be delivering a taster baby massage workshop for candidates at the end of the first day of the Maternity Nurse Training.

      Level 3 & 4 Maternity Nurse Training Course Dates & Details


      Our course consists of 1 day online + 2 days in-person training + bonus modules ( For Level 4 ).

      Booking Process:

      Step 1 – Pay for the course
      Step 2 – After payment, select the preferred appointment ( please see dates below or on this web page )
      Step 3 – You will be sent an invoice and a welcome email

      DATES IN 2019:

      28th & 29th Sept, 19th & 20th Oct, 2nd & 3rd Nov, 30th Nov & 1st Dec


      London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Road, Kensington, London SW5 0TH

      Effective October 2019 , please note of our new training venue below:

      London Marriott Hotel County Hall
      County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB



      Saturday 9am – 6pm ( including FREE baby massage workshop) and Sunday 9am – 5pm.

      We want to support you in achieving your goals! To make the training more accessible, we have financing plans available. There are small financing fees if you choose to go this route. Completing your payment plan is required.

      Flexible Payment Plans

      Level 3:

      Level 4:

      What people are saying about our Maternity Nurse Training.

      “I completed 4 placements with Babyem, which were a mixture of multiples and single babies. I gained such diverse experience that was invaluable, including supporting with the care of a baby with a severe kidney condition (referred from Great Ormond St Hospital), and also with a baby that had a severe demonological skin condition. Although I had worked as a nanny for 16 year prior to completing the maternity nurse training, without this course and the placements and on going support I don’t think I would have been working as a Maternity Nurse. I learnt so much evidence based information that really helped me understand the importance of why certain approaches are followed. Having such a qualified teacher made a big difference, as being a known Lactation Consultant and Sleep Specialist I felt confident that we were being taught the most up to date methods, but also coming from someone that deals with complex issues on a daily basis through her own practice” Rabia Doucoure

      “Having initially trained as a Midwife I knew I had always wanted to work with newborns. Eventually I came across Babyem’s Postnatal Maternity Training course and decided to take the leap. I wanted a course that would teach me as much as possible, ranging from newborn sleep to colic and reflux, most importantly from a credible evidence-based point of view! The course was excellent and our trainer was fantastic. She answered a lot of questions and gave us a lot of ideas to build on and help be prepared for the maternity world. I loved every single minute of the placements I completed supporting 2 families with twins, where I completed a mixture of days and nights. Yes I supported them a great deal but honestly, I learned so much in return too. I think the placement scheme has been an excellent opportunity for learning and gaining experience. I love what I do and always knew that I would, and now I have finally got there with the support of Babyem!” Holly Austin

      “I got offered a job after just one day on Babyem’s Maternity Placement Scheme, working with twins which were 6-weeks premature. I found the placement challenging yet extremely satisfying. The course has boosted my confidence and practical understanding of babies and mothers in the early stages, and their emotions. I definitely would like to pursue maternity nursing as a full-time job – it’s challenging, but my placement with Babyem has given me a very good start!” Darcey David

      “Prior to completing the Maternity Nurse course with Babyem, I worked as a family involvement officer in a childrens centre. However, I was looking for a career that was flexible and where I could work around my family doing what I love – caring for babies and new parents. The course exceeded my expectations on every level. It was evidence based and the Babyem team go out of their way to give you the support you need. I completed four placements with Babyem, both single babies and twins. All my experiences working with families were great and all the babies were gorgeous! I am currently working as a maternity nurse, and feel leaving families equipped and enabled is very rewarding.” Tolani Fajobi

      “I came across maternity nursing by chance after reading about it on the internet which immediately triggered my interest. As a stay at home mother, it looked like the perfect job for me as I have always had a passion for babies. I course was brilliant, and the outcome from completing the placements was the biggest surprise of all – I was offered a paid 2-month booking! I cannot tell you how happy I am with this outcome. For me, getting references was my main focus and my only expectation – getting a job from a placement never crossed my mind. I am now 2 weeks into my 2 month booking and feeling so grateful for being given this opportunity; I’m loving every minute.” Lesley Pournara

      9 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Maternity Nurse!

      Be part of a supportive online community and receive on-going support and CPD training.

      Join our private facebook group and receive the following support:


      Monthly live Q & A sessions, which include talks by industry specialists, who are able to share their expertise with you.


      Opportunity to ask burning questions to specialists who have led the recorded webinars and receive personalised feedback.

      Coaching sessions by dynamic business coach to support you to overcome barriers and move forward in your career

      Support from experienced Maternity Nurses who are able to provide practical guidance and share their knowledge in order to help you feel confident


      Connect with peers and make new friends (even if you are an introvert!). Join our 3-way accountability program and be matched with like minded individuals.

      Babyem newborn placement scheme

      We believe the training is the first step for many of our learners and know how important it is to also have ‘hands on’ experience in order to gain employment. Babyem supports candidates who have attended the Maternity Nurse Training course to gain practical experience supporting parents with newborns 0-3 months. We work closely with a range of organisations including NCT groups, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the national multiples groups TAMBA and Twins UK as well as receiving many self -referrals from parents. All of our learners in the UK have access to our work placement opportunities with 85% of candidates reporting that this experience has helped them gain employment within the first 6 months of completing the course.

      Working in partnership with:




      “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

      “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

      “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

      “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

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Maternity Nurse Training Payment Options
      We want to support you in achieving your goals! To make the training more accessible, we have financing plans available. You can view these HERE or contact us on: 0208 986 9008.
      Why complete your Maternity Nurse Training with Babyem?
      We are proud to be voted the number 1 training agency, out of 6411 by FreeIndex, based on over 60 independent ratings. We understand the importance of putting theory into practice and operate a free maternity training scheme, working with agencies, associations, hospitals and universities throughout the UK. We are the only training agency to have a specialist multi-agency team. Our postnatal Maternity Nurse Training is delivered by a UK leading lactation consultant and sleep specialist who has written policies and best practice guidance for the premature baby charity Bliss. Our Maternity Nurse Training is promoted in industry magazines such as Nursery World.
      Maternity Nurse Training Assessment
      We recognise that for many people completing the maternity qualification may feel anxious about the assignment, especially if they haven´t studied for a long time. We also recognise that many individuals would like to take a part in an advanced maternity course with the option of completing the assignment at the level that suits them. Our approach to training is flexible and affordable. Our 2 day intensive Maternity Nurse Training course is degree level and candidates can than choose to complete the post course maternity nurse assessment at a level 3 (A – level standard) or level 4 (degree standard) through Open College Network. Our students also have the benefit of being able to upgrade their maternity nurse qualification at a later date if they would like to (only paying the difference). The assessments consist of a series of essay-based questions based on the subjects taught during the attendance based course, also practical assessments which take place during the course.
      We provide access to up-to-date research
      Candidates have access to the Babyem resource file, which includes videos, articles, journals and recommended books, webinars and websites.
      How long do we have to complete the course assessment?
      Candidates are emailed a study pack, after the course and are given 7 weeks to complete the assessment questions, before sending the completed answers back to us by email. We are happy to provide assistance with course work by email and phone.
      Do you provide additional support? We are happy to provide additional support to anyone that needs it, please do let us know how we can assist you by calling us on 0208 986 9008.
      We have candidates from a wide range of roles attend our course from Childminders to Nannies and Maternity Nurses to Midwives. However, we require candidates to have at least 1 year’s baby experience (including newborn experience) before attending this course.
      Directions to Venue


      London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TH Tel: +44(0) 20 7973 1000 Website:


      From Heathrow Airport: Take M4 East and continue onto A4 to Hammersmith/Central London. A4 becomes Cromwell Road, pass Earls Court Road junction on your right. Turn first right into Knaresborough Place opposite Cromwell Hospital, then first left into Collingham Place and then left again. At the traffic lights turn left which will bring you to the hotel entrance on Cromwell Road, opposite Sainsbury’s store. From Gatwick Airport: Take M23 and connect to M4 East towards Central London and join onto A4 towards Central London. A4 becomes Cromwell Road, pass Earls Court Road junction on your right. Turn first right into Knaresborough Place opposite Cromwell Hospital, then first left into Collingham Place and then left again. At the traffic lights turn left which will bring you to the hotel entrance on Cromwell Road, opposite Sainsbury’s store. Alternatively take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, then take the Tube – District or Circle Line to Earls Court or Gloucester Road Station. Traveling by Tube Nearest stations: Earl’s Court Station & Gloucester Road Station Tube lines: District line, Circle line, and Piccadilly line Car Parking: £35 per day- Book by calling London Marriott Hotel Kensington

      You can park on Sunday’s behind the hotel for free. On a Saturday you will need to pay an hourly fee to park until 1.30pm when it is then free.
      How does the blended learning course work?
      All candidates are required to complete the distance learning part of the course before attending, and will be provided with a separate certificate for this. Candidates will also have access to the online learning modules after the course specifically relating to setting up their own business and completing placements. All our candidates then complete the same attendance based course, pitched at level 4 (degree level) – see below.
      Can we complete the level 3 assessment and then complete the level 4 assessment at a later date?
      We pitch our 2 day course at level 4 as feedback from our candidates is that they like to be learning new things during the course and be pushed intellectually.  After the 2 day course candidates can choose to complete the level 3 assessment paper or the level 4 assessment paper. If you have chosen to complete the course at a level 3, you can go on at a later date and complete the level 4 assessment paper, and only pay the difference i.e. £175.
      Will this course help me get a Maternity Nurse training job at the end?
      Babyem is a not a recruitment agency, however, we work with a number of leading Nanny and Maternity Agencies in the field (you can find a list of our recommended agencies HERE) and provide support with CV writing as a basic service to all our candidates.
      Does Babyem work with maternity agencies?
      We always have a Maternity Nurse consultant come along from leading agencies such as Eden Nannies and Greycoat Lumleys to talk to candidates about the practical aspects of working as a Maternity Nurse including creating a winning CV, payment, becoming self employed, maintaining confidentiality and maintaining boundaries. Many candidates state how beneficial it is to meet agency representatives face to face and gain valuable advice. In addition, a number of the representatives that come along have worked as Maternity Nurses and are able to share their personal experiences.
      Does the Babyem newborn placement scheme support candidates to get paid employment?
      Different agencies like you to have different amounts of newborn experience before taking you on their books. Our newborn maternity placement scheme enables candidates to get newborn experience with the support of an experienced childcare team to help them every step of the way. We receive referrals from a wide range of charities and organisations, from the National Childcare Trust (NCT) to Great Ormond Street Hospital, and from multiples groups such as Twins UK to Local Authorities. Placements are a fantastic opportunity to build skills, develop confidence and become more employable!

      Babyem Team

      Lyndsey Hookway

      Lyndsey Hookway BSc; RNC; HV; IBCLC

      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 a highly successful sleep consultancy service ‘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. She is a consultant for a premature baby charity where she has written policies and delivered training to health professionals on family centred care.

      Vanessa Christie

      Vanessa Christie MSc, MN, IBCLC, RHV, RNC, CIMI

      Vanessa Christie is a registered Lactation Consultant, Registered Health Visitor and Registered Nurse (Children). She has worked with thousands of families over the past 2 decades in a variety of settings including acute paediatric medical and surgical wards, neonatal intensive care and neonatal special care units, GP surgeries and private homes. Having worked as a Public Health Specialist Breastfeeding Lead for the Central London Healthcare NHS Trust, Vanessa designed and implemented breastfeeding training to a wide range of professionals. Vanessa is a renowned expert speaker (often taking the main stage at the Baby Show) and is often featured in parent magazines.

      Shel Banks

      Shel Banks IBCLC & Feeding Specialist

      Shel is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant based with extensive experience working within the NHS in research, training and project management as well as in her own private practice assisting mothers and babies with feeding issues, and 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.

      Lynn Murphy

      Lynn Murphy Baby Massage Instructor

      Lynn Murphy has been teaching Yoga specialising in the pre & post natal period and Baby Massage for the last 20 years, she trained in developmental baby massage with Peter Walker after attending his classes with her own two children. She went on to devise the Postnatal programme at the Active Birth Centre were she is Co-Director and last year she added, New Baby & Me – The Foundations of Parenting to the professional trainings offered there. Lynn has also teamed up with Calm Family as their expert in massage, to design and deliver this element of their training and is delighted to have joined the team at Babyem.

      Rated 1st out of 6,678 UK Training Companies! But don’t take our word for it…

      5/5 star ‘excellent’ rating from 90 independently verified reviews


      stars I can honestly say that it is the best course I have ever attended, and I have done many over the years.

      I have just returned from London having completed the Level 3 Maternity nurse course. What a wonderful weekend! I can honestly say that it is the best course I have ever attended, and I have done many over the years. The course is delivered so well and the topics covered are up to date and very informative. I would highly recommend anyone who looks after babies or is interested in a career as a Maternity nurse to apply through Babyem. Well done all of you and thank you! A special thank you to Lyndsey who made the two days even more memorable by her warm and witty approach!! K H Mac, May 2017

      stars Genuinely would highly recommend the MNT course.

      I have completed my level 4 maternity nurse award with Babyem and would highly recommend the course. I have also done the paediatric first aid too. The MNT was a very thorough course and covered all aspects in depth . Vanessa who was the trainer was fantastic and clearly passionate about her job hence delivering such a fantastic course. I was unsure with parts of the coursework but pleasantly surprised at Emma answering the phone to guide me countless number of times without hesitating ! Genuinely would highly recommend this MNT course.
      T Zohra, April 2017

      stars I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to have a career in this field

      I have just completed the OCN Level 4 Maternity Nurse Care course. I found the course to be highly professional and educational. We were privileged to be tutored by Vanessa Christie who gave us a great insight as to what is expected of us as Maternity Nurses. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to have a career in this field.
      J Whyte, 2017

      stars I have done a few courses with Babyem, and I cannot recommend them highly enough

      I have done a few courses with Babyem, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. The courses provide you with the knowledge needed to further your skills when working within the childcare environment. They are fun, very informative and the tutors are always on hand to assist you with the course content. I look forward to doing more courses with them in the future. H Van Dort, Jan 2017