Parents warned about hiring private nannies, after two newborn twins ended up in a coma for more than 20 hours after care from unregistered nanny.

The Brisbane twins were rushed to Lady Cilento Hospital last week after their mother was unable to wake them for a night-time feed, the Courier Mail has reported.

Police charged the 41-year-old nanny with working without a blue card and are investigating the incident.

She is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 26.

It is understood the couple hired the nanny through an online parenting group.

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Australian Nanny Association Vice President Annemarie Samson said there were steps parents should take to ensure the welfare of their children.

“We’d recommend that they either go through a professional nanny agency or be very diligent when hiring privately,” she told AAP.

“They should sight a blue card, get a national police check, first aid certificates, CPR certificates, go through their references, just be very certain they know as much as possible about who they’re hiring,” she said.

Australian Nanny Assoc recommend you not only sight your nanny, au pair, educator and babysitters Working With Children Check that you also VERIFY it to ensure that it is current and valid.

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  • This is shocking. I hope laws are brought in to govern anyone working with children.


  • In some countries where parents acquire a Nanny via an accreditated company overseas, the nannies have to do special courses including fire safely. They also have to do special assignments relevant to the development of the age geoups of the children they will be caring for before they leave their own country..


  • So scary! I wonder how much the coma will affect their development, little ones! :-(


  • I hope the twins will have a full recovery.


  • how scary for them, hope they’re ok!


  • scary stuff – I would struggle leaving babies with a nanny even if accredited


  • I feel like a vital part of this story is missing? Possibly there are two issues here – illegal and not qualified nanny and a separate health issue relating to the twins.


  • Before things get out of hand it would be great to know more of the details about why the twins couldn’t be woken. Could it be the parents fault and not the nanny’s (unless she was working during the night too?)


  • i wonder whast actually happened here, they have not said what the nany did or how or why the twins were in a coma. anyway i would never hire a nanny off a website i would want someone that was refered by people i know or friends who have used their service before and had no problems.


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