By 2021, the UAE hopes to be one of the world’s top 25 countries for gender equality, and a big part of this is getting women back into the workplace after having children.
It’s not easy, as a 2016 YouGov survey, commissioned and conducted in partnership with online recruitment portal mums@work, found. A total of 77% of mums surveyed were eager to return to work after having a baby, but 38% stated that a lack of flexible or part-time solutions was the biggest barrier.
The key driver for making the decision to return to work was financial stability, with 19% also wanting the independence that comes with employment.
With International Women’s Day on 8th March once again highlighting female empowerment, and a growing number of UAE companies evaluating options for female employees, how does this fit with the desire to be a great mum and the realities of juggling family and a career?
HELP AT HAND
Let’s start at the very beginning. The arrival of a new baby is momentous in every way but even the most well-prepared ‘supermum’ in training can find it overwhelming at times.
“It’s not just about having someone personable and baby or child friendly to help out at home, but about finding a qualified, dedicated and trustworthy professional to look after your most precious asset,” says Ana Neto, for Emirates Home Nursing.
And if you’re a busy working mum with a child under the weather or simply want the occasional night out with your husband, who is your go-to for qualified childcare?
At Emirates Home Nursing, we know that for you to put your trust in a third-party resource, we need to ensure that we only work with the best.
Fundamental to this is training, and since 2016 we have been delivering Dubai Health Authority (DHA) accredited courses – not only for our own professional team members but for other healthcare professionals…the very people you may be looking to use as ad hoc at-home support.
The Emirates Home Nursing roster of training programmes covers a wealth of topics, and those specific to babies and children include our popular newborn care workshop.
If you are planning to bring someone into your home to either help you navigate the early days and weeks of motherhood, or support you post-maternity leave, you obviously want a caring, practical and qualified professional.
These workshops cover an A to Z line-up of key topics from discussions on the importance of newborn care and learning how to understand a baby’s reactions to hunger, pain and discomfort through to techniques to support breast-feeding mothers, identifying newborn jaundice and recognising skin conditions.
“A hands-on qualification, we also cover newborn hygiene and nappy care as well as understanding the digestion and metabolism of a baby as well as feeding techniques,” says Ana.
Many of us may have taken a first aid course in the workplace or probably know someone who is qualified, but it’s a skill vital to ensuring the safety of your family.
Ask yourself, does your current child carer have a first aid qualification? Do they know what to do in an emergency?
Says Ana: “Emirates Home Nursing’s basic first aid at home workshop is a foundation level requirement for our own people, and we are increasingly welcoming other family-employed professionals to our courses.”
“We take it right back to basics, communicating the importance of understanding what first aid is and the aims, as well as the all-important consideration for duty of care and legal implications of administering first aid here in the UAE.”
“That may sound more than a little daunting, but we can’t underestimate the significance of being able to understand the factors involved in an emergency situation – and how to react,” she adds.
At the end of the workshop, the individual professional will be able to provide basic first aid within the home environment to babies, children and adults – and that’s great for peace of mind if you’re not around.
We’ve all seen it; the maid or nanny in the park/supermarket/schoolyard struggling to control the little terrors in her charge.
This is another area where Emirates Home Nursing’s years of qualified expertise comes into play through our conflict and behavioural management course. Open to parents and childcare professionals this is an incredibly insightful and practically useful experience, and the feedback we get is extremely positive once parents see it in action,” remarks Ana.
The workshop begins by identifying challenging situations that can lead to conflict as well as identifying workplace conflicts and teaches the individual how to effectively manage all types of conflict.
“Knowing how to properly handle a tantrum, and manage it, is a skill that doesn’t necessarily come naturally, and this is something that our participants find particularly useful. We also address the area of educating parents in behavioural management, to ensure a balanced carer-parent dynamic that a child will react positively to,” notes Ana.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT’S DUE
Industry professionals also receive DHA-approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) CME credits when they successfully complete an Emirates Home Nursing course or workshop.
“When we looked at developing a full suite of training programmes, we also wanted to ensure that these qualifications would benefit healthcare professionals as they progress their careers,” says Ana.
“The Emirates Home Nursing commitment to delivering excellence across every aspect of the home care field means that we attract a very high caliber of nurses and staff to our own team. We also want to support the DHA – and families throughout the UAE – by growing the number of properly qualified baby and child care professionals in the community,” she continues.
In 2017, Emirates Home Nursing has trained and qualified 477 healthcare professionals across various disciplines.
Says Ana: “For 2018, we have decided to combine some shorter related courses to create workshops that are worth more CME points. Instead of having 11 smaller sessions, we now offer three compact sessions and four workshops. Across all the courses we deliver, we can offer a total of 17 CME credits out of the 20 each nurse requires to renew their annual license,” she concludes.