As a Midwife and Sleep Consultant I have 16 years experience helping families adjust to the challenges of having a newborn baby up to 2 years of age. As a sleep consultant, I can provide knowledge, support and the tools to overcome any of the common sleep challenges listed below. I understand that becoming a parent is a huge adjustment for the whole family. I provide support that is based not only on my medical qualifications, but also on many years of experience (hundreds of families), and a genuine love for my work. Here at Mindful Mum, I believe in treating every family, and baby, as unique – there is no one-size-fits-all approach. By taking into consideration each baby’s environment and temperament, I will work with you to develop an individualised plan to suit your child’s needs and your parenting style. Contact me for more information about my sleep consultant services.
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
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 sleep consultant.
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.