SLEEP OPTIMISING

As a postpartum doula, I often get asked questions about baby sleep as parents are often sleep deprived. They want babies sleep to be improved so they can get to sleep themselves. I found that parents had unrealistic expectations about baby sleep, probably because they did not know how and why babies sleep.

I felt I was well placed to provide this education, so that parents knew what to expect and make adjustments to cope better with the lack of long periods of sleep they were used to before baby arrived.

This was when I decided to become a certified sleep consultant.

I was also often asked about “Sleep Training” methods;  whether they worked  and when should we start? I undertook the Maternity and Child  Sleep Consultant course offered by IPHI (International Parenting and Health Institute) and became  a Certified Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant. This certification compliments my work as a doula, and I now offer the holistic science of sleep approach to help pregnant individuals, babies and children overcome sleep challenges.

During my certification I explored the holistic science of sleep as well as many other different methods and benefits.  With this knowledge and my years of experience as a nurse, midwife and doula, I feel I have the tools available to help pregnant individuals and parents of children with their sleep challenges.  I use the Holistic Science of Sleep method, an intergrative approach that looks holistically at sleep challenges and also utilises the science of sleep to optimise sleep. Please note,  I don’t use or promote “Cry-it-out” methods where babies are left for prolonged periods with their emotional and physical needs not properly cared for.

I “sleep optimise” - not sleep-train.

  • I do not use a ‘one size fits all’ method.
  • I will NOT be asking  you to leave your children crying for any length of time before you go to comfort them.
  • I will not be asking you to stop feeding your baby overnight, wean your baby from the breast or stop bed sharing if that is what you want to do.
  • It will not be a ‘quick-fix’ method but it will be a long lasting one.
  • I will use the science of sleep and develop plans that maximise your child’s ability to sleep, by looking at their age, development and the foundations of sleep.

As a Holistic Science of Sleep Consultant, my goal is to support pregnant individuals and families with sleep challenges. Educating clients about sleep in pregnancy, baby sleep and development will empower them to overcome the sleep challenges which they may be experiencing. The holistic science of sleep method investigates for the root cause of sleep challenges. By evaluating the foundations for sleep, and adjusting and making sure the foundations are in place, most sleep challenges are resolved.

We will work together towards optimising sleep. I will be asking you many questions to discover what is going on with sleep in your family.  Analysing the foundations of sleep and adjusting them as necessary in order to optimise sleep.  Sleep will be looked at from a “whole family” perspective, and finding the root cause of the sleep challenges you are facing. It encompasses  aspects of parenting, behaviour management, nutrition and feeding support, stress, anxiety and emotional support.

 

SLEEP CONSULTING PACKAGES

Pregnancy Package 

This package is for pregnant individuals who are struggling with sleep.

You may have heard or read that problems with sleeping in pregnancy is to be expected, that this sleep deprivation somehow prepares us for the sleepless nights we may experience once baby is born.  This could not be further from the truth.

Good sleep in pregnancy is important because It helps to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. Studies have shown that pregnant women who had less than 6 hours sleep per night had longer labours and over 5 times more likely to have a C-Section , source  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2014) 191 20141-6.

Being well rested during pregnancy will better prepare for labour and the initial weeks after birth. This package gives practical advice to improve sleep during pregnancy that is tailored to your circumstances.

This package includes:

  • In depth intake questionnaire, daily logs, review and analysis.
  • 60-90 minute phone call to discuss intake form.
  • A written sleep plan with recommendations.
  • Daily email support for the first 2 weeks.
  • 15-30 minute call after the 1st week to assess progress.

PRICE $185 + HST

 

Newborn Sleep Optimizing Package (0-4 months)

This package is for parents wanting to learn about newborn sleep, it is very much educational in nature.

We will be working on healthy sleep habits for baby; secure attachment and connection for both baby and parent/parents. Babies this age have small stomachs that need feeding frequently. They will not be able to sleep through the night without waking and feeding and going back to sleep. Their day and nights may seem mixed up. All this is normal behaviour and development for a newborn.

The goal here is to ensure baby gets the amount of sleep they need for their age and for  parents have realistic expectations about newborn sleep. Setting up healthy sleep habits as a foundation that baby will build on later to develop independent sleep when it is developmentally appropriate for their age.

The focus is about bonding, emotional wellbeing and secure attachment for baby and parent/parents.

This package includes:

  • Detailed intake questionnaire and daily logs
  • Review of questionnaire and full analysis
  • 60-90 minute phone call
  • Detailed sleep plan with tools to establish healthy sleep foundations and habits. Age appropriate sleep science to determine wake windows and suggestions on secure attachment and nurturing emotional wellbeing.
  • Daily email support for 2 weeks.
  • Information about naps and moving forward to the next stage of sleep development at 4-6 months and what to expect.

PRICE $185 + HST

 

Child Sleep Package ( 5 months - 5 years) 4 weeks

This package includes:

  • Detailed intake questionnaire and daily logs, review and analysis
  • 60-90 minute initial telephone consultation
  • Written sleep plan with clear instructions and step by step approach
  • 4 weeks of support
  • Daily email support
  • One 15-30 minute follow-up telephone call per week ( 4 in total)
  • Review of daily sleep log
  • Maintenance Plan including tips for the upcoming months

PRICE $425 + HST

 

Child Sleep Package ( 5 months - 5 years) 6 weeks

This package includes:

  • Detailed intake questionnaire and daily logs, review and analysis
  • 60-90 minute initial telephone consultation
  • Written sleep plan with clear instructions and step by step approach
  • Daily email support
  • 6 weeks of support
  • One 15-30 minute follow-up telephone call per week and as needed basis
  • Review of daily sleep log
  • Maintenance Plan including tips for the upcoming months

PRICE $625 + HST

 

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