Wiebke Mechau - Maternity Practitioner/Night Nanny: Advice and Care for Parents and Babies

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I was born and raised in Karlsruhe, Germany. At the age of 14, I started babysitting and it soon became apparent that I had an affinity with children and acknowledged that I was destined to work with children professionally.

In 1985, I took up teacher studies at the local university. During my studies, I worked part time as a Mother's Help, a position where I gained first-hand experience with new-borns. After graduation, I worked as an au pair in Cairo, Egypt, and upon my return to Germany, I worked as a primary school teacher.

In 1996, I made the decision to switch over to fulltime nannying, because I wanted to work with infants outside of a school setting. For the next 5 years I worked in long term positions with two families in Germany and the UK. In both positions I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with the child from birth to the age of three. This experience was invaluable and helped me to develop a profound insight into the importance of good care and stimulation in early childhood. During this period, I also completed a part time training in psychology and anthroposophic art therapy and holistic medicine.

With this additional qualification, I returned to teaching and worked at a private school for children with behavioural problems. For 3 1/2 years, I worked mainly with autistic children. During this period, albeit I enjoyed and found this work very rewarding, I knew that my strength lay in supporting individual children. This experience only strengthened my belief how much early childhood influences the whole life, emotionally as well as intellectually, and how crucial good support to parents in that phase can be.

Equipped with this knowledge, I moved to the Netherlands in 2004 and worked for a further 4 years as a professional nanny, supporting parents in bringing up their children. In 2008, I completed a further training as Maternity Practitioner1 in the UK.

Since then, I have assisted several families in Holland, Germany, the UK and Switzerland with their new-borns. Since 2014, I have a guest teaching position at the Nanny Academy in Munich, Germany. In mai 2014 I have successfully completed a course in the Netherlands and I am now a certified trainer for baby massage2. In January 2018 I have started a certified Post Natal Doula Training with Post Natal Support Network and Pro Doula.

The main focus of my work lies in discovering the individual personality of every baby and then integrating it into the existing family structure, bearing in mind the different needs of every family member.

I have often been asked why I don't have children of my own. Robert, the first new-born I took care of in 1992 and who - like his mum- is a good friend of mine, has his own theory about that. When he was 15, he told me: "Wiebke, I know why you don't have children of your own. Like this, you have the time and space to make so many other children happy".

With this statement, he has beautifully summarized the intention of my work. Because I know that a child is happiest when his parents are happy.

My goal is to help both to achieve happiness!

1MNT's world renowned course is for those who aspire to the highest standards in their work. As the UK specialists in training for Maternity Nurses we have an outstanding reputation for the training we deliver and our nurses are highly sought after on completion of training. Leading agencies frequently visit our courses to sign up our Maternity Nurses for work due to the quality of our Maternity Nurses. http://www.mnttraining.co.uk/training/ocn/index.htm

2 Baby massage can be a good thing for both parent and child because:
Some health professionals feel that you should not carry out massage on newborn babies, or should wait until they have had their first full course of immunizations (at around 3-4 months). Conversely, others feel you should start as soon as possible, as massage can help to provide a smooth transition from the womb to the outside world and that massage is particularly beneficial to premature babies. Massage is also a popular option for coping with colic, a problem normally only encountered in babies under 3-4 months. If you have any concerns about massaging your baby - and especially if your baby is sick - you should consult an appropriate health professional first. In any case: never massage a baby if the baby seems uncomfortable.

If you are interested please contact me and I will send you references and more detailed information. Link→

Maternity Practitioner Award (.PDF)
Certificate Course: "Die ersten 100 Tage mit dem Baby" (.PDF)
Article in parenthood magazine "ELTERN", June 2013 (.PDF)
Maternity Nurse Conference 2015 (.PDF)

For my latest trainings and certificates please check my Linked In.

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