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Annie’s Nannies April Nanny of the Month

IMG_9272Congratulations to Kristine Bragg, Annie’s Nannies April Nanny of the Month!  Kristine joined Annie’s Nannies temp team in February. Kristine Bragg is a nanny with varied experience and has a history of teaching and working with kids of all ages.  She earned her BS in Sport Science at WWU.  She enjoys the outdoors, hiking and photography. More recently Kristine spent a year in Argentina teaching English.

Recently Kristine had this funny interaction with a 6 year old girl: “This doll is Princess Aurora and this one is Prince Phillip.  It’s time for them to get married, but I can’t watch them kissing so you can do the ceremony while I close my eyes!”

Congrats to Kristine and thanks for all you do!!

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Labor Doulas: Part Two-The Benefits of Using a Doula

Part Two- The Benefits of Using a Doula

Most benefits of using a doula are pretty well known but some are less obvious.  Those of us who have used a doula would say we couldn’t have done it without her.  Clinical studies and research have given us a lot of information about the benefits of using a professional doula.  Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Can reduce labor duration and complications
  • Reduces interventions like Pitocin and cesarean section
  • Reduces the requests of pain medication
  • Reduces negative feelings about the birth

Even more rewarding are some of the emotional benefits of using a labor doula and postpartum doula.  A mother tends to feel more confident and secure, has more success with breastfeeding and tends to adapt better to the new family dynamic.  Finally, there are less incidences of postpartum depression.

Some people ask how a doula can benefit a woman choosing an epidural or cesarean section.  It’s a misconception that doulas are only for women choosing to go the natural birth route.  No matter what kind of birth you are going for, there will always be a need for comfort, support and assistance.  Not everything goes as planned during labor.  Having a knowledgeable and comforting professional there to support you will be very helpful.  Check with your provider to see if your doula will be allowed in the operating room.

When a long labor is over and the baby is safely born and everybody is exhausted and happy, it’s usually the new father/partner who is the first one to reach out and thank the doula by giving her a big hug.  We asked a new father about his personal benefit.  He said, “When considering a doula it is natural for the couple to think of how she would help the mom but, the benefits for the father are just as immense.  For example, our doula took turns with me applying pressure to my wife’s back and comforting her.  This allowed me to rest.  She also ensured we were all eating and drinking plenty, which I wouldn’t have been so good at.  Finally, at the hospital she is the couples advocate and helped us focus on a healthy delivery, translated hospital speak and totally looked out for me and my wife’s wellbeing.”

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Labor Doulas: A Three Part Series

Part One- What Labor Doulas Do and Don’t Do

In the past few years doula has become a household word synonymous with birth and breastfeeding.   Many of us have heard about how beneficial and invaluable a labor doula can be.  In this three part series we will look at what labor doulas do, the benefits of a using a doula and how to hire the best doula for your family.

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Positive Discipline Classes at Bellevue College

Bellevue College is now offering a series of Positive Discipline Classes, both for parents of children 12 and under and for parents of teens. Positive Parenting is the parenting approach recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and one way to learn about this style of parenting is through Positive Discipline. In this series, parents will learn what positive parenting is and how to use this approach with their child or teen. All classes are two hours long and take place on Saturdays in April and May.

Choose from the following classes depending on your need:
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series II
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Teens – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Teens – Series II

Register Here!

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Annie’s Nannies February Nanny of the Month

Genessa CAttention, nanny community! We are tickled pink to announce our February Nanny of the Month, Genessa Cielo! Genessa is currently placed with an ANI family and does occasional On-Call work as well.

Her regular family had these kind words to say: “Genessa is a wonderful nanny.  All of Genessa’s actions with our child are done with love, patience, and understanding. She is conscientious, trustworthy, and responsible.  Our daughter looks forward to her arrival each day.”

Our On-Call families don’t hesitate to share her praises either! One family commented, “Genessa has worked out really well. She is very competent, knowledgeable (how to handle a 3 year old and expectations for a 3 year old), confident, and outgoing. [Our son] has really taken to her.”

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National Nanny Training Day 2014–Sponsored by Annie’s Nannies

nntd2014We are very excited as it’s almost time for National Nanny Training Day (NNTD) again!  Can you believe it’s been a year already?  Northwest Nanny Association has put together another incredible lineup!  At NNTD 2013 we had 50 attendees in Seattle, and enjoyed learning together, networking, and sharing (see some pictures below).

NNTD 2014 registration is now open!

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Where: Renton Technical College
3000 Northeast 4th Street Renton, WA 98056
Room C101

Cost: $30/person (includes continental breakfast and lunch!!)
–Have you considered asking your employer to help you pay for NNTD? Here is a flyer from Nanny Biz Reviews that can help start the conversation.

**Stay tuned as we will be raffling off a free ticket on our Facebook page!!

Details: This training is designed to help nannies address the unique challenges of working in a private home, to improve and expand their childcare skills, to stay current on new trends and resources within the field, and to connect and share with colleagues.   Our National Nanny Training Day event offers a unique mix of education, resources and networking in an informal, welcoming atmosphere.   Registration includes 5 “learn today, use tomorrow” workshops, continental breakfast, boxed lunch,  networking and of course, FUN.   You will receive a certificate of participation. There will also be an optional social event following the close of the training.

Topics: Baby Go Green, Nutrition for Kids, crafting, basic sign language, and a session on health care & taxes!  (for more details on the speakers, see the eventbrite for more details)

REGISTER NOW!

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NNTD 2013 group shot

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Jennie Jex-Landoe receiving her SPARK Award for Excellence in Nanny Care “Enthusiastic Newcomer”. Jennie was picked nationally for this award and definitely deserves it. Congrats Jennie!

 

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Teah, Nanny Jen, and Suzanne (NNTD 2013)

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Suzanne, Catleah, and Christy enjoy lunch (Panelists for NNTD 2013)

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NNTD 2013 learning session

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Annie’s Nannies 2013 Nanny of the Year!

Amity May 2Our 2013 Nanny of the Year is Amity May! Amity has been a nanny with ANI since 2009 and was our February 2013 Nanny of the Month. She continues to be one of our most popular On-Call nannies (even our own Placement Director Teah requests Amity for her daughter).

When families are emailed a confirmation that Amity will be their nanny, it isn’t uncommon to hear responses like “Awesome, she’s great!” or “That is terrific news!” We at Annie’s Nannies love Amity for her dependability and good humor. We know we can count on her for On-Call jobs, hotel jobs, and events with children of all ages (and personalities)! It’s a privilege to work with a nanny who consistently displays her  dedication to childcare in unique and creative ways. We adore you Amity May!

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Spring Classes at Bellevue College

Teacher-helps-pupil-with--006Nannies, get ready to register for Spring Quarter Early Childhood Education Classes at Bellevue College!  All courses can count for STARS training.  The Spring Quarter Seminar is titled “Adapting the Learning Environment for Young Children with Special Needs,” and will take place on May 3rd and May 17th from 9AM to 3:30PM (both Saturdays).  In this seminar, you will learn strategies to create an environment that facilitates successful learning for a wide range of children with special needs.  “Emphasis will be on how to meet the developmental needs of each child in a very specific way while developing an environment of joy and discovery.”

Register Now!

(use the link above to apply to the college for a student ID and PIN number; Click on Spring Credit Classes)

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Being Paid “On the Books” Pays off- Part 2

As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, being paid legally and knowing the basics of the tax law, are an important part of being treated as a professional. In this section we are going to show you some real world examples of why being paid professionally pays off! Read more »

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Being Paid “On the Books” Pays off!- Part 1

 

As a childcare professional, you have one of the most important and noble jobs in the world – to nurture, protect, educate, guide and inspire children.  You should view yourself – and demand to be treated – as a professional.  In part, this means making sure that your compensation is handled accurately, fairly and legally. Read more »

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