Newborn and Postpartum Care

Starling is honored to work with an exceptional network of Newborn Care Specialists and Postpartum Doulas! Our newborn caregivers can help support your family from pre-delivery to infancy. Contact Starling to learn about the numerous options available during the postpartum period.

What is a Newborn Care Specialist?

A Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) is a trained and certified caregiver. An NCS comes into the home shortly after baby arrives to care for the newborn and guide parents on best practices. An NCS will be knowledgeable in various methods of soothing, newborn health and well-being, and sleep conditioning. One of the greatest benefits of an NCS is the gift of sleep provided to parent and baby! An NCS will gently encourage babies to sleep long stretches and establish a healthy sleep routine. An NCS may work days, nights, or 24/7 for a specified short-term period. Whether you are a first time parent or an experienced parent, working with an NCS will help your family breeze through 4th trimester life.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A Postpartum Doula (PPD) is a trained and certified caregiver. A Doula will assist with recovery after baby arrives as well as provide parent education and emotional support. The goal of a doula is to nurture the well-being of the family during the postpartum period. A Doula may work days or nights anywhere from 1 week to 3 months. Doula’s do not typically offer 24/7 care.

What is a Newborn Nanny?

A newborn nanny is knowledgeable in newborn care and infant development. The goal of a newborn nanny is to support the family’s goals in nurturing the newborn. A nanny may begin working with the family during the newborn phase and continue as long as mutually agreeable. Starling is happy to help your family hire a highly experienced long-term newborn nanny!

What is a Night Nurse?

A Newborn Care Specialist, as described above, is the modern equivalent for the colloquial term “Night Nurse.” In the U.S., the term “Nurse” only applies to a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. Nurses typically work in medical facilities.

Postpartum Placement Process

In addition to dedicated support from Starling’s team, your postpartum placement process will include:

  • Confidential consultations
  • Custom job description
  • Professional screening
  • Mindful selection of candidates
  • Formal background investigation
  • Ongoing support

Due Diligence

Starling Agency has direct access to a private investigator whom we consult with during the recruiting process. Our partners provide Starling clients with a professional background investigation. All reports are compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and require signed consent.

Postpartum Placement Fees (~1-12 weeks)

To begin the Postpartum Placement Service, a non-refundable registration fee is collected. Once your postpartum caregiver is hired, a final invoice is issued based on the duration of assignment. (Minimum $1000)



Placement Fee



Postpartum Placement $400 $50/day
Nanny Placement $400 14% gross annual compensation 6 months 1 year

Professional Postpartum Rates in the Seattle Area

On average, Newborn Care Specialist and Postpartum Doulas in the greater Seattle area are seeking positions that align with the following:

  • $30-50/hr depending on experience and number of newborns
  • Private caregiver contract

Contact Starling Agency