About the NCSA
The NCSA was founded in 2006 by Nancy Hamm as a Certifying body for Newborn Care Specialists and to oversee ongoing education in the field of newborn care. With the initial business model it was decided by the Board to offer certification to all newborn care specialists who had the experience, references, background check, CPR certification and had taken an approved NCS course. Nancy Hamm is herself a newborn care specialist and to date has worked with hundreds of newborns over her 29 year career, dedicating over 50,000 hours of her time to their care. She developed a Newborn Care Specialist Training Course which later became the standard for which the NCSA approved courses are based on. Nancy Hamm has to date trained over 500 NCS students.
In 2019, after 13 years Nancy handed over to Andrea Hedley who is the current owner and Managing Partner of the NCSA. Andrea Hedley is a Newborn Care Specialist herself with many years of experience but she does not offer NCS training as it was decided that for the NCSA to progress it was now important that it be a truly independent certifying body and have no affiliations with any of the NCS courses approved for certification. An advanced certification has been introduced and within the next year we will be introducing certifications for Sleep Training and Newborn Nannies.
THE NCSA’s MISSION
To certify newborn care specialists who meet our standard of excellence for NCSA Certification
To oversee ongoing education in the field of newborn care and to raise the bar for quality in the Newborn Care Specialist industry
To assist and support NCSA members to be the best resource a family can hire.
To be an advocate for the Newborn Care Specialist industry as a whole.
To be a resource for Agencies and families so they can rely on the ease of knowing that through NCSA certification they can hire newborn care givers who are vetted and entirely up to date with their knowledge and experience
Meet our Managing Partner
Andrea Hedley AdvCNCS (NCSA)
Andrea moved from England to California in 2010 leaving her job as Manager of a Chiropractic Clinic and knew she was ready for a new challenge. Soon after settling in the San Francisco Bay Area she began her Postpartum Doula training with DONA, Lactation Educator training through CAPPA and continued her education with courses such as Infant Sleep Conditioning and Working with Multiples.
Andrea felt drawn to working with twin families and soon realized that whilst she enjoyed the postpartum doula ethos of working with the family as a whole and the focus often being on Mum’s needs, that a lot of her client families actually had different needs. Often the twin babies were premature and contracts would start in the NICU alongside the parents with the babies themselves having more specialized, even medical needs that the family requested support with during the transition from hospital and during the first few months at home.
Andrea began looking for more specialized baby focused training and soon found and completed a Newborn Care Specialist course and immediately felt that the role of a Newborn Care Specialist better fitted her work. Andrea has experience of working with micro-preemies as small as two pounds, is comfortable working with high profile families and has travelled internationally with client families.
Andrea is extremely passionate about continuing education and the importance of being able to offer the most up to date information and resources to client families. She is excited to be able to help other Newborn Care Specialists achieve their professional best and to raise the profile of the newborn care specialist industry both in America and overseas in her role as Managing Partner of the NCSA.