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Domestic helpers (ayis) who specialize in taking care of newborn babies earn the most among their peers according to a list released by the Shanghai Household Services Association which provides salary guidance for residents hiring an ayi.
For the fourth quarter, the monthly income of an ayi with more than five years’ experience in maternal and child nursing is around 6,000 yuan (US$959).
“Taking care of new mothers and newborns is very demanding and that is why they earn more,” said Sun Shizhen, secretary to the association.
“The ayi needs to have professional nursing skills and often has to stay up all night to take care of a newborn. The job usually lasts for one month and is extremely intense,” Sun said.
In less wealthy households, staying up all night to take care of a newborn is known as parenting.