Some women choose to have their babies in an NHS maternity unit, but then invest in additional help and support after the birth. The most common option is to employ a private maternity nurse to help with child care during the early weeks. This can be of benefit to those women who have had a caesarean or a difficult birth. Maternity nurses specialise in the care of newborn babies and are often ex-midwives.
Typical costs for a private maternity nurse are in the range £700 to £1,000 per week.