28 November, 2020

Tata Naani, Nanny's Home Today

Trained nurses cushion the pains of motherhood for affluent Mumbaikars

Dinesh Parab
Tata Naani, Nanny's Home Today
Nanny Diaries
  • 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...


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