Hi! I'm Jess
I am hugely passionate about spreading the word about normal infant sleep, the power of nurture, and optimising parent and infant sleep and mental health using science and connection.
My personal experiences and education inform my practice as I help you navigate the wonderful and challenging perinatal period, especially as it pertains to sleep! This includes my developmental psychology and research background (B.Psych Hons and submitted PhD in Child Development), experiences as a mother, and my Infant + Family Sleep Specialist certification.
I use a baby-led holistic approach to help you tune out the noise and tune into your and your baby's needs and improve sleep and well-being without sleep training (see more about how my service differs from a traditional sleep consultant or trainer here).
How did I get here?
Becoming a mother brought along with it the confronting realisation that many parents are not receiving adequate support, evidence-based information, or alternative options for managing their baby's sleep and their own rest and well-being.
As a new mum, I was given so much advice that did not align with my instincts or my values as a parent. At times it made me feel like an absolute failure. Why didn't my baby fit in with these expectations? Why did following these rules feel so wrong to me on such a deep level?
And I was determined to find it. So in the midst of the early parenting fog, I put my researcher cap on and made it my mission to parent in a way that aligned with both the evidence and my intuition. I've never taken that cap off and I now dedicate all the time I can to learning more and bringing it directly to those who need it: PARENTS.
I knew there had to be another way
Now I'm on a mission...
To educate, empower, and arm you with tools to optimise sleep using evidence-based strategies that prioritise responsiveness and meet your baby and family's unique sleep and well-being needs.
You do not have to choose between parenting in a responsive, nurturing, and attachment-focused way or your rest and well-being. There are times when it may be challenging, but together we can find the balance you need to continue supporting your baby's sleep according to your instincts while filling your own cup too.
I provide 1:1 collaborative support and am in the process of putting together educational courses to begin in 2022. Be sure to sign up to my email list for your freebie and so you are the first to hear about all the new and exciting things I have in store!
I can't wait to connect with you and support you and your family.
How I help you
Qualifications and experience
Infant and Family Sleep Specialist Certification with Bebo Mia, facilitated
by developmental neuroscientist Dr Greer Kirshenbaum | 2021 - 2022
Ph.D. Child Development (Publications under review) | 2017 - 2022
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with an undergraduate co-major in
Psychophysiology | Swinburne University of Technology | 2010 - 2015
Infant and Family Sleep Specialist & Founder | Infant Sleep Scientist | 2021 - Present
Research Coordinator | Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED),
Deakin University | 2022 - Present
Lab Manager and Researcher | Swinburne Babylab | Swinburne University of Technology | 2016 - 2022
Teaching Associate and Lecturer | Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood, and Human Cognition Undergraduate Units | Swinburne University of Technology | 2017 - 2021
Sleep Scientist | Sleep Services Australia | 2015 - 2016
Research Assistant | Swinburne Babylab | Swinburne University of Technology | 2012 - 2015
Sleep Scientist | Advanced Pulmonary and Sleep Diagnostics | 2013 - 2015