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FAQs

DO YOU OFFER REMOTE CONSULTATIONS?

Yes! At the moment I only offer remote consultations and I offer consultation and support worldwide via phone, video, or email.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY INITIAL CONSULTATION?

HOW CAN I START WORKING WITH YOU?

There are several ways! You can select one of the consult options, or one of the available webinar or guides on a range of different topics. Find more ways to work with me here.

 

You can also use the contact form or the chat function if you are unsure which option is right for you or you have any questions. I can also do free 10-minute phone call on request to discuss my services and suitability if preferred.

When you purchase a consult or educational course, you will be sent an email with all the details you need to get started with me.

 

Sleep consult + plan options require the completion of an intake questionnaire and sleep log that will be emailed to you prior to our first consult session.

If you have chosen email support, it stays pretty much the same. You will still complete the questionnaire and log and submit as per instructions, but instead of the consult I will reach out to clarify anything via email if necessary and will email your personalised support plan to you within 72 hours.

WHY DON'T YOU MAKE PROMISES LIKE "SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT" or "SELF-SETTLING"?

Babies are supposed to wake and need support! It is very normal. Even toddlers and young children often continue to need some support to sleep. That isn't to discredit how difficult it is on us as parents, but it's not in line with their biology, attachment needs, or brain development, and so that isn't the goal of the sleep support I provide.

I am so confident that the service and information I provide is SUPERIOR to promises of sleeping through or independent sleep though. I draw on decades of sleep science, neurodevelopmental, and developmental psychology research to educate on the why and the how of your baby's sleep, and how to optimise sleep while empowering you to listen to your parenting instincts. 

Responding is hard, but it's necessary, and it's worth it. You can do it while still finding enough sleep for yourself too, 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SLEEP EDUCATOR AND SLEEP TRAINER?

Sleep Educators teach about normal infant sleep and encourage parents to parent responsively and support their baby's sleep. They also offer holistic advice that can assist with optimising rest and well-being based on scientific principles of sleep and the benefits of responsive caregiving.

 

Conversely, sleep training is a behavioural modification technique that does not change how babies sleep, only how they behave, or signal, to their parents. Any method that involves reducing or eliminating support or responding at night or for naps (e.g., night-weaning, delaying going to your baby when distressed, not holding or rocking to sleep), involves very prescriptive routines or schedules, or focuses on sleeping "independently" or "self-soothing", is sleep training, regardless of how gentle the methods used are claimed to be.

There is no definitive evidence on the harms of sleep training, and it is likely to vary baby to baby if it is in fact harmful. The evidence also does not show sleep training is safe or not harmful either - more and better research is needed. The research does however show sleep training is not effective at changing infant sleeping patterns, only parent perception of sleeping (because they no longer call out). Therefore, it is arguable that sleep training is not really for babies but instead a parent-centred approach (although most parents doing it do not even realise this). Parents are important of course, but the benefits of responsive caregiving are well-established and most parents intuitively want to parent this way.

 

This is where a Sleep Educator comes in: we offer a holistic alternative that supports instinctual parenting but also promotes optimal rest and well-being using sleep science and practical, implementable, strategies. How this looks differs for each family depending on their unique circumstances and needs, but it is an effective way of addressing and optimising parent well-being without compromising or risking the needs and health of the baby.

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