What is a Baby Sleep Consultant?
Many people haven’t heard of a baby sleep consultant until they have their own children.
Consultations can be done via Skype, phone or in-home consultations, and deal with a variety of mostly sleep-related issues.
Baby sleep consultants can help with newborn education for parents, physiology of sleep and development, age appropriate routine structure, promoting independent sleep, providing reassurance to parents, feeding advice, eliminating night feeds and wakes, introducing solids and post-natal support which should all be evidence-based.
Sleep is often underestimated as a basic need for humans, however it is just as important as food, water and warmth.
Too often I see parents reaching out for help and are repeatedly told, it’s normal and encouraged to suck it up and get on with it. While a certain amount of sleep deprivation comes with having a new baby, chronic sleep deprivation doesn’t need to continue past the 6-month mark. According to medical experts, there generally aren’t any long-term health effects that result from less than 6 months of being chronically sleep deprived. However; more than 6 months of chronic sleep deprivation can begin to take its toll on the mum, the baby and ultimately the whole family.
Postnatal depression is serious, can be extremely dangerous and it affects up to one in seven women (almost 16 per cent) giving birth in Australia. Being sleep deprived has its costs, namely a host of symptoms. Some of which are very similar to post natal depression such as;
impaired brain activity
decreased resistance to illness
Why would I need a baby sleep consultant?
If you feel overwhelmed with all the conflicting advice out there, you might benefit from having a sleep consultant help you in your parenting journey. I often see mums in the first few weeks or months of giving birth wanting some one-on-one time to discuss everything related to having a baby.
This can include feeding, settling, newborn behavior, and what to expect in those early days.
I also see parents of babies who may have slept well in the beginning but now the sleep has regressed, and the whole family is struggling as a result. As a sleep consultant, I will clearly identify the issues for every case, create a detailed plan to address them using gentle techniques, and provide support every step of the way.
I will look at your individual situation and give you valuable advice and tools to help you enjoy your time with your little one without unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Do you have one method that you use?
I have worked with so many exhausted parents over the years and these aren’t mums who are just tired or have had a few ‘rough nights’. These are mums have been battling month after month not getting close to what their body needs to function.
Often they have got to a point where they’re not enjoying being a mum anymore. This makes me incredibly sad especially knowing through gentle changes, it can be SO different. This is the motivation that drives me to do what I love in my job as a baby sleep consultant.
My experience as a baby sleep consultant?
I am a qualified Maternity Practitioner and have completed a BSc (hons) in Midwifery. I’ve spent 16 years working with hundreds of families, including both day and night roles with twins, triplets, babies with reflux and other medical issues, premature babies, and mothers with post-natal depression and anxiety.
I provide support that is based not only on my medical qualifications, but also on many years of experience and a genuine love for my work.
How can you help my family?
Taking a full history enables me to look holistically at each individual situation; I then discuss this in detail with the client. I look at their aims, what is normal for their baby’s age and developmental capabilities, what we can do to improve the quality of sleep, the general wellbeing of the mother, the baby and the entire family and what changes to expect in the future.
I also offer support while they make the suggested changes. Please see my baby sleep consultant packages available.
Having a professional sleep consultant can be life changing in so many ways. I work with mums who want to room share with their baby, continue to offer night feeds and breast feed for as long as possible.
It’s not about doing what the books tell you to do or what the latest fad of parenting may suggest, its about educating mums and dads (and often grandparents) with the latest evidence available and giving them the tools to achieve THEIR parenting goals and find what makes THEIR family thrive and function well.