When I found out I was having twins I was so scared and excited. People asked how I was going to do it (especially as a single mom) and I responded that I had no idea!!! However, after talking to other twin parents I knew that I needed to explore getting a night nurse. I actually got Margaret’s name from a colleague. From the moment

I met Margaret, I was very comfortable with her. She was confident and organized. I only spoke with a few other agencies on the phone and after meeting Margaret I did not feel it was even necessary to interview anyone else.

She was flexible with the start date which is important when having twins. I did not have her start until both of my kids were home from the NICU. Either Margaret or Shirley covered the 3 days a week. I am not sure how I would have survived without them! They were a wealth of knowledge especially since I don’t know anything about babies.

Typically I spent the first 45 minutes after they arrived just asking them questions. They were both punctual, reliable, pleasant, and incredibly caring individuals. It was great to have someone help out with the kids and my laundry. I also greatly appreciated help with washing bottles. Sometimes I would have all of the bottles from the day unwashed and they never seemed to mind. The best thing was being able to turn off the monitor, go to sleep, and know my children would be well cared for.

Ultimately, I used a night nurse for 3 nights a week for 4 months. I am not sure I would have been able to maintain any sense of sanity without Shirley and Margaret. I am certain returning to work would have been impossible without their help. At the end of the 4 months both of the twins were sleeping through the night! SUCCESS!!! Most people are so surprised to hear that twins can sleep through the night at such a young age. It is definitely possible with sleep training.

Margaret has also helped out during the day when my nanny had a family emergency. It was great to have someone that the kids already knew and I felt very comfortable having her back. I would highly recommend Margaret and Shirley. They were great and honestly helped me survive!!!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. All the best.

Dr. Joy
Lincoln Park