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If Money Were No Object, Would You Hire a Night Nurse?

Night nurses, traditionally reserved for the wealthy, take care of a newborn overnight. They feed, rock and help "train" the baby to sleep. The New York Times recently ran an article about the rise of the night nurse. According to the article the increase in the number of dual working parent homes, and the explosion of multiple births has led parents to seek out these "newborn specialists" who make between $15 and $40 per hour.

"The trend reflects changing attitudes about child care. Parents no longer see outside child care 'as bad for kids or neglectful on their part — child care is seen as a necessity, not a luxury,' said Christine Carter, a sociologist who directs the Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research center at the University of California, Berkeley. 'If it is good during the day, why wouldn’t it also be helpful at night?'"


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