If you are in the market for a prison sitter, or perhaps considering a job, it will be crucial for you to know and understand the duties of a caregiver. These duties have evolved and changed over time as nannies have.
Now a nanny isn’t necessarily short, stuffy, and tight-lipped with ankle-length dresses and a tight bun knot over their heads. They are no longer the epitome of the principal and they are not as strict as the principal.
First of all, let’s take this back to the basics and clarify what an isolation nanny would start with. Some people may have never heard of one and others may know them by another name.
What is a Prison Nanny?
To make this quite simple, an isolation caregiver is a caregiver who assists with the care of the newborn and, to some extent, the postpartum mother for a specified period of time after birth. The principle was conceptualized somewhere in Asian postpartum practices as a way to allow the mother to return to balance with nature.
Ancient but somehow still modern principles of yin and yang are the basis of the confinement nanny, sometimes called the incarcerated woman. The 30 to 40-day period for the nanny to assist the new mother gives the mother time to heal, rebalance her yin and yang, and regain her health, both physically and mentally.
This practice is actually steeped in Chinese medicine and has been practiced by millions for hundreds of years. As time progressed, the role of nanny, and perhaps even the need or desire for a caregiver, was questioned by many, including doctors, employers, and mothers themselves.
However, if new mothers were given the opportunity to receive a pui yuet (30-day companion) to help them adjust to their new roles, it may be an idea worth exploring, even in a westernized society. Even if the newborn is not the first child, the mother’s role is changing and so there will be an adjustment. Is it possible for pui yuet to benefit both mother and baby?
What Are the Duties of the Prison Nanny?
At first glance, one might think that this should not require much thought. The term nanny typically describes someone hired in a specific capacity (living or visiting) to care for a child or children. Nannies have existed in and around the world in some capacity for as long as anyone can remember.
The prison nanny, per Se, may or may not differ from the nanny typically thought of. This will likely depend on whether you are hiring the individual in person or through an agency.
Regardless of how and where the prison caregiver is obtained, the most important part of setting their roles and responsibilities is to fully communicate expectations. The really best way to make sure everyone agrees and there are no questions about the assignments is to have some sort of written agreement. This can be as formal as a contract or as informal as a computer-generated contract (essentially a home contract). All interested parties should read and sign the contract and detail the duties, hours, exact expectations, payment, duration and termination of the contract if needed by either party.
Prison caretaker duties may also vary according to working hours. Do you want to live or daily nanny? These are the things you should consider.
Generally accepted babysitting duties (Daily caregiver):
Baby care – meeting any and/or all needs of the newborn that the mother needs.
cooking for mom
Shopping when needed by mother or baby
Basic cleaning – often very basic (sweeping, mopping, kitchen)
Laundry for mother and baby
The caregiver living in the prison will provide all of the above, but additional baby care will be 24 hours a day as specified for the mother’s rest period.
If agreed in advance, a nanny can do more (help daddy’s food, help other kids, etc.). This should be included in your contract and the fee should be adjusted for the amount of work you expect from your carer.
Remember that your nanny is here to help your family at a very important time in your life. Make sure your communication is perfect beforehand so that there are no unforeseen problems.