- Affluent young Mumbai mothers are hiring upmarket nannies, who are usually trained nurses, to look after their babies
- The nannies charge from Rs 800-1,400 for a 12-hour shift. Some mothers hire both a day and night nanny.
- It's a status symbol to have your baby accompanied by a uniformed nanny on holidays or parties
- While the nannies take charge, the mothers resume their socialising or gymming within days of giving birth
***Some mothers do have 'em. Call them baby nurses or nannies, the modern-day Mary Poppins in starched-white uniforms clear away the messiness of early motherhood as swiftly and efficiently as they would a pile of dirty diapers. Some fortunate Mumbai mums—and increasingly more and more of them—are hiring a baby nurse to give them the one thing they most crave: a silent night (or day).
"My nurses are worth their weight in gold," says Natasha Dotiwala, who had her first baby, Yohan, only...