A lot of mothers can relate with the stress that comes with having and raising a child, especially at the infant stage. In scenarios where a lactating mother had lost her biological mother or mother-in-law, the heat becomes more pronounced. This is why Ahiakwo Ugochukwu envisaged a support system where a willing and capable caregiver will ease the stress that comes with childbearing/nursing, and also take the place of absent mothers. On September 26, 2017, Omugwo was founded to cater for this challenge.
Based in Port Harcourt, Omugwo supports families in need of nannies (for babies) and caregivers (for lactating mothers or the elderly).
Since Omugwo bears the burden, risks and liabilities that come with finding, vetting and preparing caregivers for families, clients are rest-assured of having reliable hands. “They are equipped with pre-requisites for a gracious service and home etiquette, revamped to clients’ taste. Omugwo does a thorough background check to make sure the caregivers are who they say they are. We have a reputation to maintain and as such security of your home is also one of our top priorities,” Ugochukwu told Techpoint.
Ugo further explains the since the need for security isn’t debatable, Omugwo has a system that allows clients to reach it at all times — both offline and online, — especially in cases of emergencies. However, in the advent of contempt or incessant complaints about a caregiver, the startup wouldn’t hesitate to offer a more suitable replacement within the shortest possible time.
In some cases, the mothers might be alive but incapacitated — due to rigours of travel, old age, work, etc — to the aid of their nursing daughters. Omugwo is also here to save the day. However, the idea isn’t to replace mothers. Rather, it’s basically to ease the stress that comes with childbearing and raising.
Beyond nursing mothers and babies, the aged can also benefit from Omugwo. The startup deploys caregivers to homes of the elderly who will keep them company and care for them. Career women are not left out. Caregivers on Omugwo could step in during busy hours at work and take care of their children, based on services requested. There is also a package fr children with special needs.
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