As much as you get a maternity leave once you deliver a baby, it will not be for long and if you still want to remain on your career path, you will have to figure out how to work while raising your child. You will be sorted once you find a sitter you can leave the baby with. Remember that this is someone you are entrusting your newly born child with which means you should be very cautious on who the person will be. When you are aware of the considerations you have to make in deciding on who the sitter will be, the process will not be that daunting. You do not need to end up with someone who keeps disappointing you or canceling at the last minute. Babysitting is a serious job like any other and if the person has done it before, you want to know whether they were good at it or not. This is why getting references is important because the previous clients will let you know the experiences they had before.
Since the sitter will be home alone with the child as you work, you need to make sure if a medical emergency comes up they will be able to intervene which is why they require CPR and first-aid training. However, do not turn down those who have not been through this training because it will take a class or two to get there. Remember that their budget might not involve paying for the classes no matter how much they need the job and as an incentive to going through with the plan you can offer to pay for them. Consider the time the candidate gets to the interview. There are no miracles you should be counting on when it comes to punctuality and a person who is late from the start will continue exhibiting such a habit if you taker her in.
You need a sitter who is good with kids because it is the baby they will be spending a lot of time with. Some parents are desperate to get sitters such that they conduct a brief interview but if you decide to take a short then you will be surprised at what will come next. If you have a gut feeling that you should do a bit more of probing, you should conduct an observation session. Remember that even if it is an observation session the person will be taking care of the child which means he or she still deserves to be paid. The session is to allow the sitter and kid to interact and see whether they are suitable for each other.